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C^UTUMN 1890 

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MAYFLOWER PREMIUM 
5 GRAND BULBS. 

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POPULAR BULBS AND THEIR CULTURE. 

A NEW BOOK BY JOHN LEWIS CHILDS. 

50 pages finely printed on elegant paper, with a beautiful illustration of all the different flowerms Bulbs. 
A mos^uabie guide to Bulb culturo either ior the house or garden. It illustrates and describes all popular varietie* 
both hardy and tender, and tells how to grow them. 



Chionodoxa, Ddblias, Leuoojum, 

Caladiums, Freesias, Madeira Vine, 

Cyclamen, Friteliaria, Milla, 

Caloehortus, Gladiolus, Montbretia, 

Crocus, Gloxinias, Muscari, 

Canna, Hyacinths, Narcissus, 

Cinnamon Vine, Mas, Oxalis, 

Callas, Iris. Ornithogalum, 

Colohicum, Ipomsea Mexioana, Hanuncuius, 

Cyciobothra, Lachenalia, Sacred Lily, 

Tt embraces our former work on Lilies and Amaryllis (revised) describing over 300 sorts, time of bloom, color, height, 
nati" ty &™ts wen LsZnplete cultural directions. It treats particularly on bulbs for winter blooming. In compiling the 
work we have endeavored to give just such information concerning Bulbs and their culture, as amateurs stand most in need of. 

PRICE, 25 CTS. PER COPY, POSTPAID. 



Alliums, 

Arums, 

Anemones, 

Amorphorpallus, 

Apios, 

Bablanas, 

Begonias, 

Brodiaea, 

Bessera, 

Bulbicodium, 



Sparaxis, 

SeiUa, 

Snowdrops, 

Tigridias, 

Tropreolum, 

Tritonia, 

Triteleia, 

Tuberoses, 

Tulips, 

&c„ &o., Ac. 



FErtiliZEd LEQf Mold. 

Many a valuable plant suffers for the want of a little Leaf 
Mold in the soil, and as not one person in a hundred has 
opportunity to procure good Leaf Mold, we have collected a 
good lot which we have prepared for use and offer very low 
lor the benefit of our customers. We have mixed with it a 
certain amount of bone dust and other fertilizing material, 
which makes it a valuable article for mixing with potting soil. 
7n mixing use not over one-quarter Leaf Mold. We furu shit 
perfectly dry, and being very light, a pound will go quite a 
wave Per pound, 35 cents; 2 pounds, 60 cents, post-paid. 
By exp ress, 5 pounds, 75 cents ; 10 pounds, $1.85. 

Kill InBBCta with Tn&Bcen Insecticide 
Snap. 

This is made from a powerful form of tobacco- gum and 
is absolutely safe to handle, and will not injure the tenderest 
growth of plants. It is used by dissolving in hot jatex -at 
fhe rate of one ounce to two quarts of water. With this 
water the plants are sprinkled, syringed or sponged, and one 
or two applications will exterminate any kind of insect. It is 
sure death to green or black fly (aphis), scale, mealy bug red 
solder etc. if used once or twice a month on plants they 
will never be troubled with Insects. It is equally valuable for 
Touse plants, garden plants, or shrubs, or animals infested 
with vermin. Sold only in seven ounce cans at 30 cents each, 
by mail postpaid. 



The Excelsior FertiliZEr. 



A HEW ODORLESS FERTILIZER FOR POT PLANTS, 



Makes Plants Qrow and Bloom jAtxuriantVy, and 
Drives Insects from the SoiL 



This excellent Fertilizer is used by dissolving a teaspoon- 
f ul in a pint of water and applying to the soil of pot plants 
every week or two. It starts the plants at once into a healthy 
and vigorous growth and abundant bloom. It drives worms 
and other troublesome insects from the soil. It has no dis- 
agreeable odor, and is the only Artificial Fertilizer which 
can be used without danger of injury to the plants. It takes 
the place of liquid manure, and is just the thing that bas 
been wanted for a long time. We have sold tens of thousands 
of packages of it, and have yet to hear the first complaint. 
Mr. Eben K. Eexford says : u There is nothing so convenient 
to use, or better in results than the Excelsior Fertilizer put 
up by Mr. Childs, especially for pot plants. It produces a 
vigorous and healthy growth, and plants to which it is given 
flower very freely." 

Pbioe— H lb. packages 35 cents each, post-paid, or 30 cents 
per pound, by express. In lots of 5 pounds or over, 25 cents 
per pound, by express. 



OUR BPRINB CATALOGUE FDR 1891 

0. Beed* Bulbs and »*£ *™£fi& K^r^^^^^^ 

customers of this year. It wM ^^■^"f__*f nSSl be the latest and finest edition of a catalogue ever issued 
hundreds of the finest wood oute «« ««[ «f«* ^ ,eauirin K 100 tons of paper). When we look back and see that only 10 
by a seedsman or FlorM (quarterof ^nfl! onoop^, ««^«™nl P^P f ^ ^^ ^ ^^ Qur ^^ 

years ago we Issued less than ™0 raau f^f"! 8 th M It ^ p)eagant to reflect that it has not been built 

was then one of the small, ^ now rt 1 "J***^ f ^ * ^^^ , w P Mch we ta „ not had , but our guooe88 „, due 

up by the lack of compet *"»• *«™» ™£ a * nd ^ ntB \ e have B0 ld, and our prompt and careful attention to the want* 
solely to the «?•»" vrttty of the ^^^ ^^ alwayB maintalB and hope thereby to merit public confidence and 
and welfare of our o ^^™^™ 8 ^^!^^ our greatly increased facilities we shall be enabled to do even better 
patronage in the future, as we have ^n *e P«st With ^ £"»»££ £or , 91 wU1 ^^ a lar(rer ^ of nre novemes than 

by our patrons in the future n t ^T«.f v V! ea !^ P, ^; n °t teU to seVit. We charge those who are not customers 10 cte. per 



The MAYFLOWER 

IS THE 

^Best^pablicatioii oi* JdoWers, 



SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, 50 Cents per year, or 25 CENTS PER YEAR IN CLUBS OF FIVE OR MORE, 
together with a magnificent premium of 5 Bulbs: Ixia, Calochortus, Allium, Muscari, and 
Triteleia. as shown above, also on front cover of this Catalogue, 
extra premiums to those who will get up clubs. 



Also 



THE MAYFLOWER is a 16-page illustrated monthly journal, devoted to Flowers and Gardening in all its branches; edited 
bv John Lewis Childs, and has a score of noted contributors, among whom is Messrs. Blanc, Allen and Falconer. It 
treats on window plants, bulbs, seeds, garden flowers, shrubbery, vegetables, fruits, etc., and aims to give truthful 
descriptions of all novelt tea as t hey come out. It is just the paper which every one needs who cultivates or loves flowers and 
gardening, and worth ten times its price. Sample copies free. 

. Price, 50 cents per year for single subscriptions, or 

SubSCfiptiOtl Pt*ieC atld Pt^einiUmS. 25 Cents per Year, in Clubs of five or more, 
together with a premium to each subscriber of 5 bulbs as above represented. These bulbs can all be planted in a pot 
and will bloom magnificently during winter, or they can be planted in the garden for early spring blooming. We can send 
this premium at any time from September 1st to December 1st, In December a new premium will be off ered, as it will then 
be too late for these bulbs. We reserve the right, in case our stock of any of these 5 bulbs should become exhausted before 
then, to substitute others equally valuable. Send in your subscriptions and clubs early, that you may get the premium bulbs 
in good season for planting. 

At 25 cents per year and this tine bulb premium, any one can, by showing this offer, 
raise a large club in their neighborhood, and thereby secure some of the following 



Club Premiums 

rare bulbs and plants free 



I Brvophyllum, seepage 40. 

1 Hyacinth, Monstrosa, see page .«. 

I of aheite Orange, see page 44. 



1 Lilium Candidum, see page 34. 
I Queen Cactus, see page 45. 
1 Rainbow Cactus, see page 43. 



1 Tree Blackberry, see page 46. 

I Japan Wineberry, see page 41. 

1 Mary Washington Rose, see page 47. 

1 Lilium Harrisii, see page 34. 
For a club of 5 subscribers at 25 cents each we will send the getter-up of the club any one of the above ; for 10 subscribers! 
■my fin.' for 15 subscribers any three; for 20 any four ; for 25 any «**; or if you will send us 50 subscribers we will send yon 
t he whole 10 bulbs and plants, and give you extra a large-bulb of that grandest of all Amaryllis, Crinum Ornatum (see page 36). 
Remember that each subscriber will receive the regular premium of 5 bulbs, which will all be sent postpaid to the getter-u F 

In addition to the above premiums we will give $50 in cash to the person who will 
CBSh Premiums . send us the largest number of subscribers before December 1st, $30 to the next 
largest and $20 to the next. Now friends, take hold and send us all the names you can. With such a tine paper and pre- 
mium at only 25c. per vear, nearly every one you see will subscribe. Address, 

JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, Floral Bark, Jtt. Y. 

• We have on hand the following valuable articles which will all be published in the Mayflower (many of them with 
illustrations) during the year. These ait- however but a nm vmaU part of the articles which will appear during that time. 

Calceolarias, 

Soot Water as u Fertilizer, 

Propagating Pinks, 

Saxifraga, 

Preonies, Herbaceous and tree, 

A Propagating Box, 

Au rat urn Lilies, 

Violets, 

Cosmos, 

Pentsteoions, 

Antirrhinums, 

Petunias, 

Training Anuuals, 

How to arrange Pansies, 

Artificial Hybridization, 

Campanulas, 

Lilies, 

Abutilons, 

Dwarf Chrysautheumrns, 

Hanging Baskets, 



(.rafting Cacti, 

Ivy Geraniums, 

Gladiolus, 

Rockeries, 

Tuberoses, 

Heliotropes. 

( axing for Mailing Plants, 

Weigelias, 

Floral Decorations, 

Begonias, 

Among My Flowers, 

Some New Shrubs, 

Oinum Ornatum, 

New Roses, 

Choice Primroses, 

Godetias, 

A Rustic Arbor, 

Chinese Sacred Lily, 

Amaryllis, 

Growing Bulbs in Fancy Forms, 



My Plant Room, 
Daphne, 
Pancratiums, 
Night Blooming Cereus, 
Novelties, 

Floral Scrap Album, 
Spider Lily, 
A Bulb Box, 

Geraniums and other Plants for Winter, 
Verbenas, 
My Winter Garden, 
Coleus for the House, 
Two Favorite Climbers, 
Winter Bloomers, 
Notes for October, 
Autumn Notes, 

Remedy for Oleanders not Blooming, 
Cacti (10 articles), 

And 80 other articles on interesting- 
subjects. 



POI/NTS FCTR CUSTOM E-RS. 

4rjN addition to our other large stores we have this Summer erected of brick, granite and iron, a 
Ij mammoth fire proof building, which is the finest seed store in the country. We do this 
T because last Spring our stores and offices, large as they were, proved too small for our busi- 
ness. While our establishment was run to its full capacity both day and night for three 
months, we could not work clerks enough to fill our orders as fast as they came in, which is the 
reason why some of our customers who ordered during April and May did not receive their goods 
as promptly as usual. This was intensely annoying to us, for if there is one thing we pride our- 
selves on more than others, next to our superior stock, it is promptness in the execution of orders. 
With the addition of this enormous building and another large set of greenhouses and packing 
rooms, we can reasonably expect to be able to handle orders with our usual promptness, even should 
they again double up in number. 

Our Extra Select Bulbs. — Nearly every lover of flowers has now found that there 
is as much, or more, enjoyment in a Winter Window Garden as there is to be found in the Summer 
Garden, and that there is nothing so good for Winter and early Spring blooming as Bulbs. For 
Winter blooming it is important that the Bulbs should be extra strong and vigorous. While ordinary 
commercial Bulbs will bloom well, the grandest results are always attained from extra strong Bulbs, 
grown especially for Winter blooming. This is what our Bulbs are. They are contracted for in 
advance to be grown for this special purpose, and selected large sizes only. Of course they cost 
more, but it pays in the end, for it is on this extra select stock that we have built up the largest 

RETAIL TRADE IN CHOICE BULBS IN THE WORLD. 

When to Order.— We shall be prepared to fill orders about September 10th, and shall continue to fill through 
October and November, but earnestly advise our customers to plant during September or October, if possible, for it is 
the best time. 

Free by Mail,— We send Seeds, Bulbs and Plants, free by mail, at the prices named in this Catalogue. If a 
package is ordered to go by express, we do not pay the charges ; but somewhat larger plants can be sent in this way, 
and we always add extra ones enough to more than pay the cost. 

We Guarantee that every package we send out shall reach its destination in good condition, and that everything 
shall be received exactly as ordered. If a package is lost, or any of its contents injured on the way, we will send again. 

We Pack all plants carefully in strong wooden boxes, which insures their safe transit through the mails to the 
remotest parts of the country. 

We Pi 1 1 all orders as soon as received, if the stock is ready. Customers who wish their order, or any part of it, 
booked for shipping at a later date, should state the fact distinctly. 

Canada.— We can send goods in large parcels to customers in Canada, by mail, post-paid. 

Foreign. — We send goods to all Foreign countries by mail, post-paid. 

Premium or "Discount.— The profit on Fall Bulbs is so very small, and the expense of mailing such large, 
heavy Bulbs as we send out is so great, that we cannot afford much discount, but being anxious to encourage their culture 
we will allow the purchaser to select ten cents' worth extra en each dollar sent. 

Forward Money with the order, and at our risk when sent by post-office money order (on Floral Park) or 
postal note, greenbacks or gold or silver coin by registered letter, bank draft on New York, or Express Company's money 
order. The money orders issued by nearly all Express Companies are cheap, safe, and convenient, in fact they are the 
very best form of remittance, and should be used when convenient. 

Stamps. — Please do not send postage stamps in payment for goods, if it can be avoided. We can accept them 
only in small amounts from people who have not facilities for getting a postal note, money order or draft. Letters often 
get damp in transit, causing stamps when enclosed to stick together and to the order, frequently resulting in the destruc- 
tion of both. We lose over one thousand dollars every season on stamps sent us in letters, and we must deny discounts 
and extras to orders which are paid for in stamps. 

Silver or Gold Coin when sent in letters should be sewed or pasted up in strong paper or cloth to prevent 
their breaking through the envelope, which is frequently the case when enclosed loose. 

Be Sure to write your name and address plainly. Keep a correct copy of your order, that you may know when 
the package arrives if all is correct, as people often forget what they order and complain without cause. 

Important.— It occasionally happens that an order is lost in coming to us, or the goods in going to the customer; 
therefore, if any who order do not hear from us within a reasonable length of time, they should send a duplicate order. 
naming the date on which the former one was sent, and the amount of money enclosed, and in what form. This v 
enable us to investigate the matter, and fill the duplicate order with dispatch. No inquiries will receive attention ;, h,, ,'t 
<ao *>»{ cunUun duplicate, etc., as above nicnttoutd. 



Qultur<? of ^ardyBuIbsforU/iQterBloo/nip^ippots. 



BULBS are the most important winter bloomers for 
window culture. They are the easiest eared for of all 
flowers, and absolutely sure to bloom abundantly. 
Geraniums or Koses may from some cause fail, but bulbs, 
never. Nothing is more pleasant or cheerful during a dreary 
winter than a few pots filled with Hyacinths, Tulips, Crocus, 
Narcissus, etc.. displaying their brilliant colors and delight- 
ful fragrance for weeks. Add to these the many new Bulbs 
which are now being cultivated for winter flowers, and at a 
very little trouble or expense a display of winter flowers can 
be produced which will be the centre of attraction in any 
neighborhood. Freesias, Ixias, Triteleia, Calochortus, Alli- 
ums, Scillas, Chionodoxa, &c, are comparatively new and 
beautiful beyond description. Those grand, new bulbs, 
Freesias and Triteleias, which keep in bloom several weeks in 
mid-winter, are worth their weight in gold; such gems should 
decorate every home during the dismal winter days. 

The following is a list of the most desirable Bulbs for 
winter bloom, being of the easiest culture and sure to pro- 
duce the most satisfactory results : 

Hyacinths, Crocus, Lily of the Valley, 

Scillas, Iris Persica, Iris Hispanica, 

Lilium Harrisii, Lilium Candidum, Freesias, 

Calochortus, * Chionodoxa, Amaryllis Regina, 

Calla Lily, Brodiaea, Tulips, 

Narcissus, Oxalis, Snow Drops, 

Allium, Cyclamen, Ixias, 

Sparaxis, Triteleia, Bulbicodium, 

Ornithogalum, Babiana, Tritonia, 

Lachenalia, Sacred Lily, Fritillarias, 

Muscari, Anemones, Tropaeolum. 

Saxifraga, Dicentra, Erythronium. 

Their culture is very simple. They can be potted during 
September, October or November, watered well and set away 
in a cellar or any cool, dark place to make roots, when after 
remaining four or six weeks, or as much longer as desired, 
they can be brqught out for blooming. We earnestly advise 
potting the Bufbs as early as possible, especially if flowers 
are desired as early as New Year's, for the longer time they 
can have to make roots the better they will bloom. By bring- 
ing out a few pots at different times a succession of bloom 
can be kept up all winter. If they are kept in a cool place 
while in bloom, the flowers will keep perfect a long time. 
For the benefit of those who desire more explicit cultural 
directions, we give it here in detail : 

SOI L — The variety of soil is not a very important item 
in Bulb culture. Any good garden loam will answer, but if 
we had a variety to choose from, we would take a rich, sandy 
soil and mix with it a small quantity of leaf -mold. Do not 
use manure unless it is very old and well pulverized, and then 
only in small quantities, or it may cause the Bulbs to decay, 
or encourage too rank a growth of foliage. 

FLOWERING BULBS IN WATER. -Some people 
flower Hyacinths and other Bulbs in glasses of water, and 
while they look pretty growing in this way, we cannot 



recommend it, for, with the exception of the Chinese Sacred 
Lily, the flowers will be greatly inferior to those grown in 
soil, and their period of bloom will also be much shorter. 
Water does not contain nourishment enough to bring the 
flowers to full perfection. This, however, is not the case 
with the Chinese Sacred Lily, the Bulb being so large and 
strong they bloom as elegantly in pebbles and water as in soil. 

TIME TO PLANT.— Bulbs can be planted from Sep- 
tember to December, and some kinds even later, but the 
earlier the better will be the result, especially if desired for 
early blooming. Plant in September or October if possible. 

PLANTING.— In planting, set the bulbs just below the 
surface of the soil, so that they will be entirely covered. Set 
the Bulbs down in the soil and cover them- do not press them 
in by force, for this packs the soil under them, and when the 
roots start they are apt to lift the Bulb. 

AFTER PLANTING.— They should be well watered 
and set away in some cool, dark place, to make root. A cellar 
is best, for it is desirable that they should be kept moist and 
as cool as possible, hence a warm dry place is not a good one. 
Water them from time to time as the soil becomes dry. They 
should remain in this position at least four weeks, and as 
much longer as possible, it being desirable that they should 
have good roots before bringing them out to bloom. They 
should, however, be brought out when vigorous top growth 
sets in. 

BLOOM I NG.— When brought from the cellar or store- 
room, the pots of bulbs should be placed in a light, sunny 
window. See that they are watered frequently, and have as 
much fresh air as possible. Keep them free from dust, and 
when in bloom they will last much longer kept in a cool at- 
mosphere than in a hot one. 

TREATMENT AFTER BLOOMING. -After the 
bulbs are through blooming, if one has the room and conven- 
ience, it is best to let them remain in the pots where they are 
for a few weeks to mature their bulbs. They can then be set 
away in the cellar and allowed to dry out, in which condition 
they can remain until planting time— the following Septem- 
ber. They can then be taken out and planted in the open 
ground. By remaining there a season, they will recover 
much of the strength which they lost by being forced during 
winter, and are in most cases all right for winter blooming 
again. Many people who do not have a place in their win- 
dows for the plants after the flowers have faded, prefer to 
throw the bulbs away and buy a new supply every year. Of 
course, this is a good plan, if one cares to do it, and there is 
no doubt but that fresh imported bulbs will give much better 
bloom than those which have been grown and flowered here 
once or more, yet it is too bad to throw the bulbs away, and 
we would advise anyone who can to keep them and plant 
them in the garden. We have known people who have a 
light cellar to succeed very well by placing the bulbs there 
as soon as they have bloomed. The bulbs ripen up well, even 
in partial light, if the air is not too hot or freezing cold. 



CLJkTLlRE lH THE GflRDEtf. 



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Bulbs are especially valuable for out-door planting, as 
they bloom at a time when the garden is utterly destitute 
and make it gay and attractive. Scillas, Snowdrops and 
Crocus appear as soon as the snow is away, and are quickly 
followed by Hyacinths, Narcissus, Tulips, etc. The display 
which a few of these bulbs make in the early spring is indeed 
charming, and they are always appreciated more than any 
other class of flowers, for they come when most needed. 

The many forms and rich and varied colors of the Tulip 
make this bulb one of the most important of all garden flow- 
ers for a gay and dazzling display. For delicate fragrance 
and refined beauty and grace the Narcissus, with its great 
variety of form and charraiug colors, is always admired, and 
is one of the most pleasing of all bulbous plants. Of Hya- 
cinths we need not speak, for they are well known; their 
large, round spikes of bloom in a garden or window lend a 
charm which no other plant can rival. No class of flowers 
are so easy to grow or surer to bloom than bulbs, and it is an 
established fact that they always surprise those who plant 
them by proving much better than one unacquainted with 
them can imagine. 

For garden culture Bulbs do not require a very rich soil, 
and are easily cared for. Plant in October, which is the test 
month. Late in the fall the beds can be covered with leaves 



or other coarse litter, which should be removed early in 
spring. After the bulbs are through flowering the leaves 
soon turn yellow and die, and are then ripe enough to be 
taken up and stowed away for planting again in the fall, 
leaving the beds to be filled with other plants for summer 
display, or, if desired, they can be left in the beds the whole 
year. 

PREPARATION OF BEDS.— Spade up so that the 
beds will be a little higher than the surface, so that water will 
readily drain off. If the soil is poor, add a liberal quantity 
of well-rotted manure. 

TIME TO PLANT.— September and October are the 
best months for planting bulbs in the garden. Set them from 
one to six inches apart, according to variety or size, and from 
one to three inches deep. 

PROTECTION.— After planting, the beds should be 
covered with leaves, straw or any coarse litter (as a mulch or 
protection), which should be removed when the bulbs start 
in early spring. This is not necessary to save the bulbs, for 
most kinds are perfectly hardy in any situation without pro- 
tect ion, but it is most advisable to do it, for it preserves the 
vitality of the bulbs to a great extent, and when in bloovv 
you can notice that those which were protected will be twice 
as good as those which were not. 



JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



OMH JEGUEL* C0IiliECTI0|4. 

25 Beautiful plomefing Bulbs fop only 50 Cents. 

This is the greatest Bulb off er ever made and it is expected that ^^^o^^SS^t^^%^^^^^ 
more of these collections. We have had the bulb^rwn by ^he ^^«iou«nd ****£&*& ""J J e kinds, all 
SS^^'SgS^ IZ^toi^ul^n^ p^s ?5« can be planted in the garden for early spring bloom. 



SPECIflli LkOW Pt{ICHS. 

We desire to call attention to the following special offers. 
At these low prices no one need be without a. tew choice 
flowers They are, of course, first-class bulbs in every re- 
spect, and sent by mail post-paid at prices named. 

8 Hyacinths, 8 choice sorts, named (our selection) $1 00 

5 Lilies, 5 beautiful sorts, named (our selection) 5U 

100 Crocus, choice mixed • - - . - ■ • • • • - - K J£ 

25 Named Single Hyacinths, 25 sorts. See page 6. . o 00 

35 Named Double Hyacinths, 25 sorts See page b . . . .5 00 
12 Double and Single Hyacinths, Mixed. See page 6.... 1W 

12 Miniature Hyacinths, mixed. See page J. to 

20 Named Single Tulips, 20 sorts. See page 9 1 » 

15 Named Double Tulips, 15 sorts. See page 9 1 uu 

7 Named D. V. Tholl Tulips, 7 sorts. See page 9 aO 

9 Named Parrot Tulips, 3 sorts. See page 9 &> 

12 Mixed Double Tulips. See page 10 

12 Mixed Single Tulips. See page 10 ..... « 

100 Mixed Double and Single Tulips — > 



12 Mixed Parrot Tulips. See page 10. . . . . . . ..... . 35 

12 Mixed Bybloom and Bizard Tulips. See page 10 45 

6 Polyanthus Narcissus, 6 sorts, bee page 13. 1 00 

5 Roman Hyacinths, 5 sorts. See page b. 40 

3 Double D.V. Thol Tulips. See page 9. la 

12 Winter Blooming Oxalis. See page 17 M 

20 Lilies, 20 sorts, named. See page 21 5 00 

5 Named Sorts, Colochortus. See page * 50 

3 Winter Blooming Iris. See page 10 is 

4 Named Brodiaeas. See page 10 g 

10 Named Ixias. Seepage 16..... .« |* 

5 Named Sparaxis. See page 15 *> 

3 Named Tritomas. See page 1< g 

4 Named Babionas. See page 16 ■ f! 

3 Named Lachenalia. See page 16 •••■••-' _ *» 

10 Hardy Flowering Shrubs, 10 fine Borts (our selection) 1 up 
10 Elegant Hardy Perennial Plants, one each of the fol- 
lowing : Asclepias, Aster, Euphorbia, Eulalia, Piaty- 
codou, Acliillea, (ihint Per. Phlox, Iris Knempferi, 
Yucca, and Ctalldrf Hardy Hibiseus-a grand collec- 
tion, see descriptions on pages 23, 24 and 25 i w 



R REVIEW Op THIS CflTflliOGUE. 



By looking carefully through these pages you will be 
able to fully appreciate the great variety of rare Bulbs and 
PlintB offeredat moderate cost Not only is the variety 
sunerb. but the quality of the things offered is of the high- 
Is^tno^sible standard. The importance of having, strong, 
healthf Bulbs to plant, especially for winter blooming, can- 
Sot beover estimated/ We believe that the best w none too 
good for our customers, and they are bound to get it from 
us. Let us first call your attention to the 

Mayflower, and its splendid premium found offered on 
first DaVe. Don't overlook it. Subscribe yourself and get 
yonr P fHlnds to do the same. Read all of se >cond page 
* k Points for customers' ' before ordering. At the top of this 
page will be found our 

"Jewel" and other collections. Do not by any 
means overlook them. Here you will get more for your 
money than you possibly can in any other way. Next comes 
Cultural Directions, then our 

General List of Bulbs.— Our stocks are all extra fine 
and selected. You cannnot beat our Hyacinths, Tulips, 
Narcissus Crocus, &c. You will find lots of rare Bulbs offer- 
ed in this list. Do not omit the Freesias, Alliums, Ornitho- 
gallums, or the rare and beautiful Lilies on page £1. 

Winter Blooming Plants are listed on pages 22 and 23. 
A few choice kinds at low prices. 

Hardy Perennial Plants follow and a very choice va- 
riety is offered, and all at low prices. Every garden should 
have a good variety of these lovely hardy flowers When 
once planted they are good for a lifetime. Notice m above 
collections that we offer 10 fine sorts for $1.00. 



Shrubs.— A choice list of 25 of the best flowering kinds 
are next offered. Fall is a good time to plant shrubs, and as 
they are so cheap every garden and lawn should have them 

m & Fru its.— Some new and fine sorts are offered on pages 
28 to 32. We confine ourselves in this line to new and rare 
sorts of special merit, and such as we offer can be depended 
upon as teing all that is claimed for them. The Grapes, 
Strawberries, &c, we offer are the very best sorts to be had. 

NeX Spe ) claTtles and Novelties on colored paper, 16 pages. 
To this department every one will turn with greatest inter- 
est, to look for something new, rare and extra good and we 
feel sure that they will not be disappointed. The list of new 
things we present this time greatly surpasses anything we 
ever before had to offer in the falL Lookit through care- 
fully and note the many grand offers. Butterfly Oichid, 
Crinum Ornatum, New Black Calla Pleroma, Bryophyiium, 
Otaheite Orange, Mary Washington Rose, Wineberry, Cactus, 
Saxifraga, Camassia, Winter-blooming Gladiolus, &c. We 
also call particular attention to the fine things offered on 
the cover pages of this catalogue. The Mayflower and its 
magnificent premium every one will, of course, take, but it 
Possible don v t miss the Winter-blooming Morning Glories, 
Floral Firecracker, &c. Our new Book on Bulbs will prove 
verv useful to all cultivators of winter flowers, and the Ex- 
celsior Fertilizer will help to make all plants grow and 
bloom. Send in your orders early and we will try to fill 
them in a way ancf with such Bulbs and Plants as will please 
vou far beyond your greatest expectations. Don't forget 
the M Surprise" collection. It will be the greatest bargain 
you ever got in the way of rare flowers. 



Five Reasons Why You Should Grow Bulbs for Winter Blooming in the House: 



if SS^t iWTOSoK MM^X^^ continue to flourish 

^^Because they are the least trouble of any kind of plants, requiring but little eare, and furnish the greatest amount 

of elegant bloom. winter hlooiniuir bulbs that vou never heard of before, which will give you an 

4th. Because there are scores of new ™^roioommg uuius i , '.■.,:',, . t,.j,. n <ls through all the dreary winter months. 

sndlcss variety of flowers that will be a surprise and delight _to youi « laid « ^ i^wnaun of new and beautiful sorts. 
5th. Because these bulbs are so vciy^heap, you ca«,fo. a smafl < nit a. n.n . i 8 ^ iudoor8 or u te the 

»« VYFLgwET 'anifou/new ^ook'on^ul^lToPtSLAirifcLBS^KD V H EIR (JULTUKE. 

Address all orders, Ac., ^^^ UHW ,g CHmDS> plo » al Pat , k , Queens Co., ft. Y. 



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For winter and early spring flowering, nothing surpasses 
fee Hyacinth. It is sure to bloom and give satisfaction in 
tie bouse during winter, or in the garden in early spring; its 
»rge spikes of fragrant flowers resemble nothing else in cul- 
ivation, and must be seen to be appreciated, we have been 



to great trouble and ex- 
pense in flowering vast 
numbers of named kinds, 
both indoors and out, to 
ascertain which are really 
the best, and will say that 
the list of both double and 
single here offered, cannot 
tail to give the greatest satisfaction in 
every respect. They are the cream of 
the many kinds we tested. For large 
spikes, large bells, durability and fra- 
grance, they are excellent and sure to 
succeed well either indoors or out. In 
the garden bulbs should be planted three 
inches deep and at least six inches apart. 
For pot culture cover the bulbs so the 
top will just show. Try them in the 
house for winter blooming and they will 
delight you. 

DOUBLE. 

Each. 
Anna Maria, large, double bells 
on tall spikes. Color delicate 
waxy pink, a few of the small 

inner petals being violet. $ .2<5 

A La Mode, tall, loose spike. ■ Flowers large, very dou- 
ble. Light porcelain blue striped with dark blue.. 
Bouquettend re, tall stem and spike compact. Flow- 
ers medium, semi-double, rosy-crimson color 

Baron Van Pal lard, tall spike, flowers very double; 
fine pink inside, but nearly covered with green out- 
side. Very pretty and curious 25 

Bouquet Royal, fine large, double flowers, pure white 
tipped with green. While the spike is not as com- 
pact as some, the flowers are as double and perfect 

as a rose 25 

Carl Von Z weed en, good spike and flower very double; 

blue tinged with red 15 

Count Florence, long spike, though not very compact; 
good double flowers composed of two shades of 

blue, light and dark 20 

AMda Gather! n a, large, drooping bells, very double; 

light rosy pink tipped with green; good spike 20 



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Crootvorst, fair spike, very large and double bells; 
delicate blush white with a few small violet petals 
in center 

Grand Valnquer, tall spike, very large, waxy-white 
flowers. 

Jenny Lind, fair spike, flowers very double; white, 
with a few of the small inside petals violet blue — 

Jaune Supreme, probably the best double yellow var- 
iety, though poor when compared with other colors; 
very good dark yellow 30 

La Tour D'Auvergne, large spike, very large bell of 

pure waxy whiteness ; very early bloomer 25 

La VirgJniate, fair spike of large drooping bells, white 

delicately tinted with blush 15 

Lord Castleraegh, spike has but very few flowers, 
which, however, are very large, double and perfect; 
color white shaded with yellow and pink 20 

L'Esperance, spike rather small ; flowers light pink in- 
side, dark pink outside. Outer petals tipped with 
green 15 

La Grandeur, good size double flower, light yellow 35 

Milton, short, compact spike and large bells; flowers 
are fine dark crimson, shaded light red 

Monstrosa, largest size florets, two inches or more 
across ; spike solid, flowers composed of wide out- 
side petals, while the center is filled solidly with 
small twisted and quilled petals, making a flower as 
compactly double as a Dahlia, Color a tine shade of 
blue, while the outer row of large petals are tipped 
with green. A new variety of great beauty. See 
Novelties 25 

Noble Par Merite, fine large spike, very large and dou- 
ble flowers ; soft light pink striped with deep pink 
through the center of each petal ; very fine 25 

Prince of Saxe-Weimar, tall spike, loose with large, 
semi-double bells; darkest indigo-blue shaded lighter 

Prince of Orange, fine large, compact spike of beauti- 
ful rose-colored bells, some of which are single, 
others double 

Prince Albert, large, tall spike with very large and very 
double bells of the most beautiful shape. The buds 
before fully expanded are a mixture of dark blue 
and green, but when fully expanded they are a very 
dark indigo-blue ; extra fine 2> 

Regina Victoria, very large double bells; deep rosy 
blush 8 

Rudolph us, semi-double, light blue ; fair spike. 

One Bulb each of above 25 Grand Double Hyacinths for $5. 



15 



25 



SINGLE. 

Amy, tall spike, medium size bell; deep bright red 

shaded lighter ; very fine 15 

Argus, good flower and spike; dark indigo-blue with 

white center — 15 

Castor, very tall and large spikes; bells large, light 

blue banded and shaded with deep sky blue 20 

Charles Dickens, tall, large spikes and large bells; 
light blue inside, darker outside ; sometimes slightly 
tinged with red 15 

Fleur D'Or, small spike, quite compact, fair size bell; 

light lemon yellow. One of the best single yellows. 30 

Gertrude, flowers composed of two shades of pink, 
light and dark. Spike large and as solid and com- 
pact as any spike of bloom can be 35 

Clgantea, enormous spike, the best we have ever seen; 

compact, with very large bells ; color delicate blush 25 

Grand Marvel, very large, compact spike of the most 
beautiful, delicate creamy-blush flowers ; one of the 
very best. 20 

King of the Blues, very large, compact spike, large 

bell ; color deep handsome blue: extra fine 30 

L* Unique, fine lilac purple, tall spike 20 

La Grand esse, enormous compact spike, and large bell 
of the purest waxy whiteness - 

L'AmlDu Coeur, compact spike, flowers small but very 
handsome ; light rose color shaded darker 

Mozart, fine large bells on tall spikes, pure white 

Mimosa, good compact spike, flowers darkest indigo- 
blue ; tall and fine 

Grand Maltre* enormous compact spike ; flowers of the 
largest size and of fine porcelain blue color ; extra 
fine 

Madam Vander Hoop, fine spike, flowers extra large 
and of the purest snowy whiteness 

Norma, grand spike of gigantic bells, delicate blush 
shaded with pink ; one of the most beautiful and an 
early bloomer 

Oron dates, beautiful large bell, sky-blue shaded lighter 

Pure D' Or, small spike and bell; color light yellow; 
one of the best of its color — 

Queen of the Blues, light sky-blue; enormous com- 
pact spike of large bell ; one of the very best 

Rol Des Beiges, enormous compact spike; dark bril- 
liant crimson red ; the finest variety of its color. It 
is, in fact, the best Hyacinth we ever saw 

Robert Stelger, tall, compact truss, good shape and 
crimson-red flowers 



60 



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75 



Each 
Tu 1 1 la, beautiful compact spike; large bells; light blush 

white 20 

Uncle Tom, large, compact spike, with flowers of the 

darkest blue-black color ; very fine 20 

One Bulb each of the above 25 fine Single Hyacinths for $5.oo. 

MIXED HYACINTHS. 

Our mixed Hyacinths arc superb, either for garden or pot 
culture, being all large and sound bulbs of the finest sorts, 
and will give magnificent bloom. A bed of these bulbs on the 
lawn in early spring is a lovely sight. Try them in a uaissaud 
note the effect. 

Per doz. 

Double Mixed Colors. 200 varieties $ 1 20 

Single " " " 1 20 

Double and Single, all colors mixed, per 100, $5.50. .... 1 <X) 

ROMAN HYACINTHS. 

We wish to call special attention to these beautiful Roman 
Hyacinths, which are so valuable for early winter blooming. 
They are among the few flowers which can be had as early as 
Christmas and New Years. Each bulb throws up several 
spikes of flowers, which are very beautiful and fragrant, and 
when kept in a cool room will keep perfect for weeks. Three 
can be planted in a 4 or 5 inch pot, and will soon be in flower. 
in the garden they are first of all Hyacinths to bloom. We 
oiler extra large and strong bulbs. The new double ones are 
exceedingly fine. Bo not fail to plant a good lot of them for 
winter. 



15 
Th un berg, compact spike, tall ; indigo-blue 20 




SINGLE ROMAN HYACINTH. DOUBLE ROMAN HYACINTH. 

Single White, elegant waxy white bells of great beauty and 

fragrance. Large bulbs, 10 cts. each ; 3 for 25 cts.; 12 for 

90cts. 
Single Blue, lovely dark blue, a fine contrast to the white 

variety, 10 cts. each ; 3 for 25 cts.; 12 for 75 cts. 
Double Light Pink, fine double flowers of a beautiful blush 

pink color, 10 cts. each ; 3 for 25 cts.; 12 for 75 cts. 
Double Dark Pink, a grand new sort with enormous double 

bright deep bells in large spikes, 10 cts. each ; 3 for 25 cts; 

12 for 90 cts. 
Canary Yellow, new. (See Novelties.) 15 cts. each. 

SPECIAL OFFER,— For only 40 cts. we will send one bulb 
each of these 5 fine Roman Hyacinths ; 3 of each for $1.00. 



FEATHERED 
HYACINTH. 

A curious species well 
worthy of culture as a 
pot plant, though not so 
beautiful as most others. 
The color is reddish blue 
and of a feathery texture, 
borne on the end of a long 
spike of green flower 
bells. Hardy, and can be 
grown either in the gar- 
den or forced. It will 
however be found that it 
is the most desirable for 
massing in the garden. 
10 cts. each. 




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MINIATURE HYACINTHS. 

These are most truly 
lovely. The bulbs are 
not quite so large as 
other Hyacinths, 
hence not so expen- 
sive, but the spikes of 
bloom are large and 
run very uniform and 

Eerfect. In pots or 
eds they can be 
planted quite close, 
and the effect is 
charming. The spikes 
of bloom are long and 
gracefully curved,and 
of the most beautiful 
colors and delicious 
fragrance. Nothing 
among Hyacinths can 
possibly be more satis- 
factory for general 
culture, and we 
strongly recommend 
them both for the gar- 
den and pots. Try 
them for winter 
blooming,and you will 
be delighted. 

All colors, double and single mixed, 10 cts. each; 3 for 25 cts.; 
12 for 75 cts.; 100 for $4.00. 

THE GRAPE HYACINTH (Improved). 

This charming little gem should be found in every garden 
in abundance. It has been termed the M Blue Lily of the Val- 
ley," and when planted in a 
mass with that sweet flower, it 
does resemble it to some extent 
and forms a most fascinating 
combination. It grows about 
the same height and blooms 
about the same time each 
spring. It increases rapidly, 
and when once planted, a mass 
of beautiful blossoms which 
will increase in number each 
year is insured for a lifetime. 
But for winter blooming in 
pots it is of the greatest value. 
Plant 5 or 6 bulbs in a 5-inch 
pot, and you will have as lovely 
a pot of bloom as you can 
imagine. Words fail to do it 
justice. Flower stems grow a 
foot in height, bearing a dense 
spike of sky-blue bells tipped 
with white, and Oh, so Immly. 
Please remember that ours is 
an improved strain of Grape J 
Hyacinth, much superior to 
the old form. grape hyacinth. 

Improved Blue, 5 cts. each. 3forl0cts.; 12for35cts.; lOOfor 
$2.50. Snow White, new and scarce, 10 cts. each. 




CALOCHORTUS, 

OR BUTTERFLY LILIES. 

These bulbs are little known or cultivated as they are not 
hardy enough to stand our winters in the open ground with- 
out protection, but for blooming in pots they are unsur- 
passed. The flowers are very large, borne on long stems and 
are of the most charming butterfly colors, white, yellow, buff, 
crimson, purple, spotted and shaded in a charming manner. 
For winter bloom they require only to be potted, (4 or 5 in a 
five inch pot) and treated like Hyacinths or Crocus. When in 
bloom they will be a marvel of beauty and last a long time. 
There are two classes, the "large flowered " and the 'smalL 
flowered." The former all have large, upright blossoms, the 
latter smaller, bell-shaped and drooping. Both classes are 
entirely distinct, and both very beautiful. 

LARGE FLOWERED. 

Gunnersoni, a very rare sort of the largest size and great 
beauty in form and color. Pure white with crimson 
center. 25c. each, 

Nuttat 1 1, very large with 3 or 4 flowers on a stem, pure white 
with purple and green ; extra ; 10c. each ; 3 for 26c. 

Venustus, very large, white, yellow and crimson; beauti- 
fully marked and blended ; grand. 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. 

Rose us, creamy, with rose blotches at top of petals, and a 
finely tinted and marked center ; rich carmine outside. 
10c. each ; 3 for 20c. ^ ^ 

Purpurea, rich, purplish lilac, with fine eye. 10c. each; 3 
for 20c 
SPECIAL OFFER-— For 50c. we will send one bulb each 

of above five sorts. 

SMALL FLOWERED. 

A I bus, snow white, with a rich blotch, bearded and ciliated, 

large and free, 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. 
Lilicauns, pale pink, hairy. 8c. each ; 3 for 20c. 
Mowean us, white and purple, finely marked. 8c. each; 3 

for 25c. 

One huVb each of above 3 sorts SO cents. 

BULBICODIUM YERNUM. 

A very early spring flowering 
Bulb, producing several flowers 
of a fine violet-purple color. It 
is perfectly hardy and very pretty; 
also desirable for winter blooming. 
6c. each ; 3 for 15 c; 12 for $1.50. 

RANUNCULUS. 

Another class of spring flower- 
ing bulbs producing large, dou- 
ble, perfect shaped flowers of 
very gay colors. The range of 
colors is white, crimson, yellow, 
orange, spotted, variegated, etc. 
Double, mixed, best sorts; 5c. 
each ; 3 for 10c; 35c, per dozen. 




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JOHN LEWIS CHLLDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 





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The Tump is the most popular of all Holland Bulbs, and 
for an early and brilliant display they have no equal. The 
Tulip of 25 years ago is very unlike the imported sorts of to- 
day. In fact one who has not seen a bed of genuine imported 
Bulbs of the past few years can form no idea of their daz- 
zling magnificence. We offer Bulbs so cheap that no garden 
should be without a good variety, and there is nothing har- 
dier or surer to bloom in all soils or climates. We have im- 
ported none but strictly first-class Bulbs in all respects, and 
the kinds we offer have been proved on our grounds to be 
most excellent. To encourage our customers to plant them 
largely we have made the prices extremely low, for we know 
they will give unbounded satisfaction, and we hope all will 
have a good variety. For blooming in the house during win- 
ter, Tulips are exceedingly fine, the Due Van Thol varieties 
being probably the best, as they are the earliest, 3 to 5 bulbs 
can be planted in a 4 or 5 inch pot, and will make a brilliant 
show. For open ground culture plant bulbs in September or 
October, two or three inches deep and four inches apart each 



way. When once planted they will increase in number and 
beauty each year, and prove a lasting joy and pleasure. 

The new winter blooming Italian varieties which we offer 
now among Novelties, are grand. Do not fail to try them. 

SINGLE EARLY TULIPS. 

These are exceedingly brilliant, and bloom very early. 
The different colors planted side by side will produce a grand 
effect. Take for instance such sorts as Color de Cardinal, 
Miltiades, Silver Standard, and Yellow Prince, and group 
them together, and the effect will be truly dazzling. 

Each. 3 for Per Doz 
Adeline, large violet red. Extra fine... $ 15 $40 $150 
Al Ida Maria, fine rose, striped white ... 10 25 75 

Chrysolora, extra large and fine; clear 

bright yellow 10 25 75 

Color de Cardinal, most intense cardi- 
nal ; very showy, and keeps in bloom 

a long time ; grand 5 15 50 

Due d'Orange, red and yellow; large 

and fine 5 12 45 

Globe de Rigaud, violet purple, flaked 

with white ; very striking 5 15 50 

Colden Standard, yellow striped 10 26 75 

Lac Van Ryn, purple with distinct large 

white border... - - 5 12 45 

Miltiades, fine clear white, tinted pink ; . 

lovely sort, beautiful shape and color 5 15 50 

Paragon Goldebloem,white and yellow 6 15 50 

Rot Pepin, the King of Tulips; flower of 

enormous size, dark blood red, freely 

Striped and blotched with* pure white 20 50 1*5 
Rosa Mundl, fine rose color 5 13 45 



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Each. 3 for Per Doz 
6 $ 15 $ 50 



80 



30 


65 


15 


50 


15 


50 



Rose Crlsdelln, large rose $ 

Silver Standard, red and white striped; 

a magnificent sort 15 

Thomas Moore, very large and tall; 

tine orange *> 15 

Van Coogen, fine rose, tall, and keeps a 

longtime 6 15 

Verboom, enormous size and perfect 

shape; clear dazzling scarlet 8 

Waterloo, line dark red 6 

Wouwerman, purplish red, large 6 

Yellow Prince, bright yellow, large and 

very showy 6 15 50 

One Bulb eaeh'of above 20 mrts $U5 ; s of each for $3.50. 

Splendid Mixed Varieties, of all colors, per dozen, 40 cts.; 

per 100, $2,25. 

DOUBLE TULIPS. 

These produce very large double flowers, many of which 
are as large and showy as a Peony. They are becoming more 
and more popular each year, which they justly merit. A very 
pretty show can be made by planting several colors, such as 
yellow, white, rose and crimson, in the same bed. The bright 
colors of the large double blossoms contrast splendidly and 
make a charming display. Each 3 for Per 12 

I ue Flag, bluish purple $0 10 $0 25 $0 90 



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Castor, violet. 

Couronne d' Or, golden. ... 

Duke of York, brown and white • 

Gloria Solus, scarlet, edged yellow, fine... 

La Candeur, pure white, very large 

Le Blason, rose 

Leonardo da Vlnel,.red and yellow 

Purple C rown, very dark; the nearest black 

Queen Victoria, beautiful cherry color 

Raphael, rosy; extra 

Rex Rubrorum, deep scarlet; splendid 

Rose Blanche, flower of enormous size, 

pure white and very double ; new 

Rosine, fine rose 

Yellow Rose, large, brilliant yellow 

Fine mixtures of double varieties, per 

doz., 40c.; per 100, $2.50. 

One bulb each of above 15 magnificent double Tulips, $1.00 ; 
3 each for $3.50. 

PARROT TULIPS. 

These are in many respects 
the finest of all Tulips. Their 
flowers are larger than the 
other kinds and the colors 
striking and beautiful. Some 
will be clear yellow, others 
deep crimson, and others 
striped with crimson, yellow 
and green^ from which they 
derive their name. A bed of 
Parrot Tulips in full bloom 
is a sight never to be forgot- 
ten, and one that will well 
repay any one to go a long 
way to see. 
Constantinople, fine deep 

crimson. 5c. each; 3 for 

12c; dozen, 40c. 
C I o r I o s a , striped yellow, 

crimson and green. 5c. 

each ; 3 for 12o.; dozen, 40 

cents. 
Perfect a, clear yellow. 5c. 

each ; 3 for 12c.; dozen, 40 

cents. 
Fine mixture of above 

sorts, dozen, 35c. ; per 100, 

$2.00. 
3 bulbs each of above 3 sorts, 

SO cents. 

DUC VAN THOL TULIPS. 

These are the earliest to bloom of all Tulips, and are 
atly prized for pot culture during winter. In the garden 
Jhey bloom with the Crocus, and are welcome heralders of 
spring. Do not omit this charming class. 
p e Each 3 tor Per 12 

Yellow, clear and brilliant $0 10 $0 25 $0 90 

Rose, beautiful soft color o 

Scarlet, very dazzling 

Cold Striped, scarlet, striped gold 

White, very fine 

Crimson • 

Violet, the earliest of all ; new and rare. . . 

One bulb each of above 7 sorts, 50 cts,; 3 each for $1.25 ; 12 
each for $U.50, 




PARROT TULIP. 



NEW DOUBLE DUC VAN THOL 
TULIPS. 

These fine Tulips are great- 
ly superior to all other dou- 
ble sorts for winter bloom- 
ing, being so early and easily 
grown. A pot of these Tulips 
is indeed a brilliant sight. In 
the garden they bloom very 
| early with the single Due 
Van Thol sorts. 




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Red and Yel!ow,variegated, 
showy. 6c. each ; 3 for 15c. 
iVlolet Crimson, new and 
1 fine. 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. 
Variegated Foliage, ele- 
gant variegated leaves, and 
large double blossoms, 
scarlet banded with yellow. 
doubleTucvan tholtulips. 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.-Forl5 cents we will send one bulb 
each of these three fine double Tulips ; three of each for 40c 

BiZARD AND BYBLOOM TULIPS. 

The Byblooms and Bizards 
are a class of Tulips which 
always give great satisfac- 
tion. They are so little known 
or cultivated that they are 
quite a novelty. Their large 
flowers, borne on tall stems, 
are always marked and vari- 
egated in a very beautiful 
and fantastic manner. The 
Byblooms all have white or 
light rose grounds marked 
with scarlet, pink, crimson, 
violet and numerous shades 
of the richest purple. Bi- 
zards all have yellow grounds 
and are variegated with -ma- 
roon, black and shades ol 
light and dark brown. They 
bloom with the Parrots, 
which is a little later than 
the Single Early. All who 
are unacquainted with these 
Tulips will be greatly sur- 
prised and delighted at their 
wonderful beauty. Of both 
classes we offer a mixture of 
50 to 100 different colors. Try 
them, you will be greatly 
delighted. 
bvELoom TULIP. 
BYBLOOMS, white grounds variepted with various colors- 
Fifty finest sorts, mixed. Each tf cts.; three for 15 cts., 

BIXARDS^enow 8 "grounds, variegated Fifty fine sorts 
mixed. Each 5 cts.; three for 12 cts.; twelve for 45 c&t. 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For only 75 cts. we will send 12 bulbs 

each of Bybloom and Bizards. 

TULIPA GESNERIANA. 

This grand Tulip should be 
in every garden. It grows to 
the height of two or three 
feet, supporting its flowers, 
which are of enormous size, 
ion strong, graceful stems. 
Its color is of the most glossy 
and dazzling crimson scarlet 
we have ever seen, which is 
'beautifully set off by a deep 
blue center. Its flowers are 
the most durable of all Tu- 
lips, as it holds its beautiful 
color and keeps perfect sev- 
eral weeks. It is to be re- 
gretted that most of the 
bulbs of this grand Tulip, 
which have been sent into 
this country for years past, 
have been untrue to name 
and greatly inferior to the 
true variety. We have al- 
ways supplied the true sort, 
as we have been careful to 
have our importations war- 
ranted. Those who order 
this Tulip from us can de- 
pend on getting it true, and 
will be surprised at its mag- 
nificence. . 
Priee, 7 cts. each ; 3 for 18 

TULIPA GESNERIANA. CtS.; 12 f Or 60 CtS. 





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MIXED TULIPS. 

All extra fine large bulbs, which will bloom splendidly 
and make a grand display. The variety of colors in these 
mixtures is very large. p er ^ p er 100 

Single Early, all colors mixed, of more than 

100 sorts $0 40 $2 25 

Double, all colors mixed, more than 100 sorts. 40 2 50 

Parrot, all colors, mixed 35 2 00 

Byblooms and Bizards, 200 colors or sorts, 

mixed 45 2 75 

Due Van Thol, all colors 00 3 50 



TULIPA 

PERSICA, 

This is unlike any other 
sort, as its flower stem 
branches and bears three 
to five flowers on a stem, 
as seen in the cut. They 
are bright yellow in 
color, and exceedingly 
pretty. They bloom ele- 
gantly in the open 
ground, but are the 
largest and finest when 
grown for winter bloom- 
ing. 15 cts. each. 




TULIPA PERSICA. 




WINTER BLOOMING IRIS. 

These three sorts are very 

fine indeed for winter bloom- 
ing, and as such we can 

strongly recommend them. 

Four or five bulbs can be 

planted in a five inch pot 

and when in bloom they will 

make a beautiful object. 

Persica, flowers composed 
of several beautiful and 
showy colors. It is dwarf 
and a very early bloomer, 
showing splendidly in pots; 
10 cents each. 

AngHca, Mixed Co 1ors,these 
grow a foot high and pro- 
duce very large and showy 
blossoms which are of vari- 
ous colors ; 5 cents each ; 
50 cents per dozen. 

Hlspanica, Mixed Colors, 
early bloomers with nar- 
row petals and charming 
colors; 5 cents each; 50 
cents per dozen. 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For 15 cents we will send one each 

of these three Iris ; 3 of each for 40 cents. 



CROCUS. 

MAMMOTH YELLOW. 

This is a Crocus producing 
a bulb nearly as large as a 
Hyacinth, and which bears 
from ten to twenty-five 
beautiful bright golden yel- 
low blossoms. It is the most 
beautiful and valuable of all 
Crocus, its marvelous pro- 
fusion of bloom making it 
extremely desirable,both for 
pot and open ground cul- 
ture. When in bloom last 
winter, this Crocus was ad- 
mired quite as much as some 
rare bulbs which cost ten 
times its price. It however 
produces the best results in 
the open ground. 5 cts. each; 
3 for 10 cts.; 12 for 30 cts.; 100 
for $2.15. 




CROCUS, MAMMOTH YELLOW. 




SCILLAS. 

Cl us I, a grand winter bloomer, producing an enormous 
cluster of star shaped blue flowers, often three feet in 
circumference. It is one of the most striking flowers we 
ever saw. Bulbs very large and strong and sure to bloom. 
It is also perfectly hardy and desirable for garden cul- 
ture. Don't fail to add this to your list of winter bloom- 
era. 20 cents each. 

Monophylla, a beautiful little gem with clusters of delicate 
light blue flowers. It blooms in December when potted 
in October, and makes a lovely pot of flowers. In the 
garden it is one of the earliest of all flowers to bloom, 
but Its greatest value is for winter blooming. Plant a 
good lot of them, they are so very cheap. 5 cts. each ; 
50 cts per dozen. 

Cam pa nu lata Blue, large Hyacinth-like spikes of blue 
flowers. Elegant for winter blooming. 5c. each; 3 for 10c. 

Cam pan u lata White, like the above except white in color. 
5 cts. each ; 3 for 10 cts. 

S I be r lea, produces a spray of lovely blue flowers, which is 
exceedingly graceful and pretty. It blooms before the 
Crocus and attracts the attention of all. Lovely for 
winter blooming in the house or for early spring in the 
garden. 3 cts. each ; 25 cts. per dozen. 

BRODIAEA. 

A class of small bulbous plants 
throwing up grass-like foliage 
and flower spikes on which is 
borne beautiful umbels of flow- 
MiiM ^, ers - In the open ground they are 
hardy with slight protection, but 
the greatest value is for winter 
blooming in pots. They are so 
little known or cultivated that 
they are exceedingly interesting 
as pot plants. Their flowers are 
odd and beautiful and produced 
freely during winter. 

Each. 
Congesta, fine blue with a 

pale blue crown 5 

Lactea, fine white 5 

Multlflora, purple blue, in 

brodiaea. dense umbels 7 

Stellarls, rich purple with a white center, in a fine star- 
like cluster ; dwarf habit ; extra fine 10 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 20 cents we will send one bulb 
each of the four sorts. 

TULIPA GREIGI. 

This is probably the most magnificent of all Tulips. Its 
large green leaves are variegated with black spots, while the 
flower, which is of the largest size, is clear transparent scar- 
let, as clear and beautiful as a sheet of wax. No other Tulip 
has a color like it. 50 cts. each. 




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The Crocus is one of the first flowers of spring, and one 
of the best for blooming in the house during winter. Half a 
dozen bulbs may be planted in a pot, aud will make a very- 
pretty show. For garden culture plant bulbs two inches deep 
and two or three inches apart. They are so cheap and pretty 
they ought to be found in every garden in great abundance. 
They bloom splendidly when planted on the lawn among the 
grass. They lift their bright heads up through the sod very 
early, and give the lawn a charming aspect. The sorts we 
offer are especially strong and tine. Per doz. Per 100 

Albion, very fine, striped $ 16 $1 15 

Cloth of Cold, yellow 15 115 

Grand Vedette, blue 15 115 

Wlontblanc, pure white 15 115 

Othello, line blue 15 1 IS 

Van Speyk, striped 15 115 

Virgin Queen, white 16 115 

Yellow Ciant, very large, yellow 15 115 

Extra Fine Mixture of all colors, select bulbs 

(per 1000, $5 00) 10 75 

NEW FRENCH CROCUS. 

These three new Crocus are very fine indeed and distinct 
from all others, and being so early to bloom they are particu- 
larly valuable. They are always the first flower to bloom in 
the window garden. If planted in October they will bloom 
the same or the following month. They always bloom in one 
to three weeks after planting. Do not omit them. 

Long (flora, lavender purple, striped black, very fine and 
blooms as early as October. 4c. each ; 3 for 10c.; 12 for 30c. 

Suaveolens, long slender tube, well open flower, tine lav- 
ender with red stamens. Blooms immediately after plant- 
ing. 3e. each ; 3 for 7c; 12 for 25c. 

Pal I as I, deep clear yellow, blooms in December. Very fine 
indeed. 5c. each ; 3 for 12c; 12 for 35c 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For 10 cents we will send one each 

of these three tine Crocus. 3 each for 25c; 12 each for 80c„ 




CROCUS IMPERATl. 

CROCUS IMPERATl. 

This new species is very beautiful, and when pottedJn 
October will bloom in December, making a pretty show for 
the holidays. The outside of the peta s are buff yellow, 
feathered; inside lovely purple blue, very large and fine, 
with long necks and beautiful shape. It is also- fragrant, 
and the leaves are ribbed with white. Splendid for either the 
house or garden, it being so very early. 3c. each ;; £ tor 5c;, 
12 for 25c; 100 for $1.80. 



JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




This class of Bulbs is indispensable for winter and 
early spring flowering. In England they are the most 
popular of all hardy plants, except Lilies. They are 
varied and beaut ii'u 1 in form and color, and their delicious 
fragrance is unexcelled. Their season of bloom con- 
tinues about two months from the earliest to the latest 
varieties. Many varieties are so cheap they should be 
planted extensively for cut flowers, Poeticus being par- 
ticularly good for this purpose. Narcissus, when once 
planted, will increase from year to year, always hardy 
and profuse bloomers. For blooming in the house dur- 
ing winter all varieties are well adapted; but the Poly- 
anthus are especially recommended for this purpose. 
Jonquils are also fine for winter blooming, and bloom 
later than any other sorts. Try a few Narcissus in the 
house this winter, and our word for it, they will afford 
you much pleasure, 

Au rant I us, (Double), very*early bloomer. Flowers large 
and double on ta?ll stems ; large petals sulphur yel- 
low, mixed with smaller ones of a bright orange color. 
Either for the house or garden this is one of the 
very finest sorts. 6c. each : 3 for 15c; 12 for 50c. 



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Each. 3 for Per 12 

Albo Plena Odorato, (Double), fine pure 
white : , • 5 

Biflores,, (Single), an elegant Narcissus, lit- 
tle known or cultivated in this country. 
Its flowers, which are white with yellow 
cup, are borne in pairs, and are exceed- 
ingly graceful and pretty. It is so cheap 
every one should possess it. Valuable 
both for winter blooming and for the 
garden... • •■■■ 5 

Incomparable, (Double), large flower, 
light canary and dark orange -■•■•■•• 5 

Orange Phoenix, (Double), very double, 
large petals nearly pure white inter- 
mixed with small orange ones. Very 
fine indeed ■ .••£••• 8 

Sulphur Phoenix, (Double), large, sulphur 
white •-■-•■ 25 

Van Slon, (Double), deep golden yellow; 
large and fine ;'.'■•• •• • 

Trumpet Major, (Single), beautiful large 
trumpet flower ; fine yellow ... 10 

Poetlcus, (Single), pure white, crimson 

cup ; a lovely sort ; per 100, $3 00 ... . 5 

Poetlcus fl. pi-, (Double), fine double form 
of the charming Poeticus : • • o 

Poetlcus Preecox, (Single), a new form with 
enormous sized flowers and blooms much 
earlier than the old Poeticus 10 

POLYANTHUS NARCISSUS. 

These produce large clusters of beautiful orange blos- 
som like flowers of unexcelled fragrance. *or winter 
blooming they are always sure to succeed under any treat- 
ment, and their great beauty can be fully appreciated by 
those who have grown them. They are much like the lovely 
Chinese Sacred Lily. 



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25 



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20 



25 



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Each. 3 for 



Aurora, pure white with deep orange cup. 
Good size flower and cluster 

Staten General, large flowers In large, com- 
pact clusters ; fine white with orange cup. 
Extra. • 

Grootvorst, pure white flower with delicate 
lemon cup. Fine ■ 

Lutea Major, flue canary yellow with orange 
cup. Beautiful compact clusters 

Grand Solle d'Or, fine yellow, very sweet.. . 

Bazleman Major, the grandest of all, having 
flowers nearly as large as a Poeticus, and 
borne in large clusters. Pure white with 
yellow cup; very fragrant. It is impossi- 
ble to get a more lovely winter flower than 

this 

One Bulb each of above 6 fine sorts, $1.00. 

Mixed Sorts, per dozen, $1.00 



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20 



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10 



40 



25 
50 



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the blossoms are very beautiful in both form and habit ; 

color a /fine shade of bright brilliant yellow, and fragrant. 

In the garden they are hardy and bloom early in spring 

K has been called* the Golden Fairy Lily,* md well does 

it merit the name. 6c. each ; 3 for 15c; 12 lor 50c. 
Corbulata Cltrlna, exactly like the above, except light 

sulplmr yellow in color, and three weeks earlier to bloom. 

New and very rare. 12c. each ; 3 tor 30c. 
cnrhulata Monoohylla, a perfect little gem, being like 

the abov? exce P ptsmaller "and pure white in color ; new ; 

12c. each ; 3 for 30c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 20 cents we will send one bulb 
eact r"abote three sorts ; 3 of each for 50c. They are gems 
of rare beauty. 

TWO GRAND NARCISSUS. 

We desire to call special 
attention to these two ele- 
gant Narcissus, which are so 
valuable and beautiful, es- 
pecially on account of their 
extreme earliness for forcing 
Double Roman.— The new 

double Polyanthus or 

Roman Narcissus, is a 

great beauty, and par- 
ticularly well adapted to 

winter blooming, it is 

like other Polyanthus in 

all respects, except the 

flowers are double as 

roses. Color white with 

yellow center, and its fra- 
grance is delicious. Very 

early and sure to bloom 

well; 7c. each ; 3 for 20c. 

Paper White Crancllflora, 

a new form of the old 
Paper white, twice as 

large in bloom, and much pAPBR WH ite and double 
earlier and better in bom an narcissus. 

every respect. The large , # 

blossoms are pure white, borne in clusters and very fra- 
grant, and can be had in bloom in December. For win- 
ter blooming it is one of the most valuable ; 7c. each ; 6 
for 20c. 



NARCISSI'S CORBULATA. 

NARCISSUS, CORBULATA. 

Corbulata, a rarely beautiful flower, both for winter bloom- 
ing in the house or for the garden. 8 to 6 bulbs can be 
planted in an ordinary pot and will produce a charming 
lot of flowers during February and March. Each bulb 
bears 3 or 4 flowers at a time. As will be seen by the cut 





JONQUILS. 

JONQUILS. 

These are charming members of the Narcissus family, 
producing clusters of golden yellow blossoms of unsurpassed 
fragrance. Either for the house or garden they are indis- 
pensable. 

Single, 4c. each ; 3 for 10c; 12 for £5c 
Dou ble, 6c. each ; 3 for 15c; 12 for 50c 
Odorous, a grand sort with flowers twice as large as the 

others, and of the most exquisite Mayflower or Arbutus 

fragrance. For pot culture this is a grand thing. 8c. 

each ; 3 for 20c 



CYCLAMEN. 



This is known as one of the most valuable of all bulbous 
plants for house culture, being a free and constant bloomer 
during winter. The flowers are of very delicata colors, vary- 
ing from deep blood red through all the shades of pink, rose, 
blush, etc, to pure white, the flowers remain perfect a long 
time and a plant always shows number, often 30 to 50 open at 
once. Each. 

Perslcum, mixed colors ; per dozen, $2.00 20c 

Clganteum, a new form with gigantic flowers 4"*' 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



FREESIAS. 

A new class of Bulbs splendidly adapted for 
winter blooming, and are, I believe, to-day, the 
most popular winter blooming Bulbs. They are 
always sure to succeed and bloom elegantly for 
any one in any situation, and the great beauty 
and fragrance of the flowers are everywhere ad- 
mired, almost as no other winter bloomer is. The 
blossoms or buds when cut and placed in vases of 
water, will keep perfect two weeks. In pots they 
commence blooming early and continue for a long 
time, the stems branching freely and producing 
several clusters of bloom in succession. Four to 
six bulbs can be planted in a Ave inch pot. They 
commence growth immediately after planting 
and need not be put away to form roots like Hya- 
cinths, unless it is more convenient to do so. 
Planting successively from September to Novem- 
ber will give a succession of bloom through the 
winter. We cannot too earnestly urge customers 
to plant this charming winter flower. 
Leichtllnl Major, large creamy yellow. 6 cents 

each ; 3 for 15 cts.; per dozen, 50 cts. 
Refracta Alba, pure white; very beautiful. 

6 cts. each ; 3 for 15 cts.; per dozen, 50 cts. 
Hybrid Seedlln&s, a new and large flowering 
strain of varied colors from white to yellow, 
robust growers and extra free bloomers. 10 cts, 
each ; 3 for 25 cts.; per dozen, 75 cents. 




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ORNITHOOALUM AJIABICUM. 



ORNITHOGALUM ARABICUM. 

We introduce this as a new winter blooming bulb of 
great beauty and value. In magnificence there is nothing 
like it among winter blooming bulbs or plants. Even the 
grand Hyacinth must be preceded by the stately beauty of 
this flower. It is a native of Arabia. Bulb large and solid, 
closely resembling that of a Hyacinth, and requiring exactly 
the same culture ; leaves long and narrow ; flower spikes 18 
to 34 inches high, st rung and graceful, bearing an immense 
cluster of large, pearly white flowers, having a jet-black 
center. The illustration gives a good idea of its great beauty. 
The individual flowers keep perfect many weeks before fad- 
ing, so that for more than a month this grand spike of bloom 
is in full glory. Its durability is almost without equal among 
flowers. Add to this its delicate aromatic fragrance and we 
have a winter bloomer which all must admit stands without 
a rival. Its culture is the easiest, as it will grow in any posi- 
tion in any window. A bulb can be planted in a four inch 
pot, or several in a larger pot or box. Pot in September, 
October or November. They can even be kept and planted 
as late as February first. For open ground culture they do 
well if protected from freezing severely. 10c. each: 3 for 25c: 
13 for 90c. 

ORNITHOGALUM NUTANS. 

A fine dwarf variety, one foot high, with spikes of silver 
colored star shaped blossoms. Early bloomer and verv pret- 
ty. 20c. each ; 3 for 50e. 



ORNITHOGALUM LACTEUM. 

A splendid sort, which we have secured in Italy. It is 
entirely different from Ornithogalum Arabicum offered 
above, but like that sort is most valuable for winter bloom- 
ing. The flowers are pure milk white, 30 to 80 borne in a 
dense raceme, supported by a long graceful stem. It is also 
very fragrant, 50c. each. 

SPARAXIS. 

Sparaxis are much like Ixias, except they bear their 
flower more drooping than in erect spikes. The blossoms are 
very large and open flat, presenting some of the most curi- 
ous and beautiful combination of colors to be found. Their 
exceeding beauty at once captivates all beholders. They re- 
quire exactly the same treatment as Ixias. Try at least one 
pot of them this winter. 

Each. 

Alba, pure white. ., 5 

Grand ifiora, intense crimson, flaked, yellow center. . 5 

Nal n, deep yellow 5 

Purpurea Striata, reddish purple, striped 10 

Tricolor, red, white and yellow * 5 

Mixed, 30 finest varieties ; 35c. per dozen ; 3 for 10c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 20 cents tve will send one bulh 
rach t>f ah<n:e fi m Jhir sorts ; Sof each for 50 Genh*. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




IXIAS AND SPARAXIS. 

IXIAS, 

The Ixia produce their beautiful flowers in spikes, and 
are of the most dazzling and brilliant colors and sure to at- 
tract great attention. It is only a few years that they have 
been grown in this country to any extent, but in that time 
like the Freesias they have become very popular. Forpoj 
culture in the house they give great satisfaction, being ol 
easy culture and free bloomers. Half a dozen bulbs can be 
planted in a five inch pot and the display will be magnificent, 
For open grouud culture give them winter protection with 
leaves or straw- They are very cheap and all lovers of odd 
and beautiful flowers should certainly add them to their col- 
lection. The named sorts we offer are new and very fine. 

Each. 
Crateroldes, bright scarlet, early and fine. 3 for 10c. . 6 
Duchess, pure white with black eye and striped rose. 

Very beautiful form. 3 for 12c 

Caiatea, snow white with large deep blue eye ; extra. < 

Lady Slade, brilliant pink, extra. 3 for 12c 6 

Pal las, tine pale yellow, outside crimson, purple eye. . % 6 
Titus, yellow, striped majenta, black center, and 

large spike. 3 for 15c * 

Bucephalus Major, rich crimson, branching 6 

Magnifica, bright rich yellow, tinted red. 8 

Wonder, dark, pink, sweet scented, fink double 

flower 10 

Vulcan, crimson, shaded orange. 10 

Mixed, 50 finest sorts ; 25c per dozen . . 3 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For only 50 cents we will send one 
bulb each of the above 10 grand named sorts. 

BABIANAS. 

These are allied to the Ixias and receive the same treat- 
ment in every respect. For winter blooming they are per- 
fectly magnificent. The flowers are star shaped, large, open- 
ing nearly fiat, and form in spikes like Gladiolas. The colors 
are very bright and telling, blue white, lavender, yellow, etc. 
Profuse bloomers, and should be generally grown. 

Each. 

Attraction, dark blue 6 

Justine, rich crimson 6 

Pallida, pale lavender 6 

Rosea Grand Is, bright rose 6 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 30 cents we will send one bulb 
each of these 4 sorts. 
Mixed Sorts, 35 finest sorts mixed, 3 for 10 cts.; 12 for 8ft cts. 




LACHENALIA, 

This is an entirely new bulb and much unlike anything 
else in cultivation. They are grown mainly for winter bloom- 
ing in pots, for which purpose they are admirable. Their 
great oddit v, novelty and beauty makes them a most desirable 
plant for winter blooming They require exactly the same 
treatment as H vacint hs. The flowers are borne in beautiful 
spikes, and they remain in bloom for about two months, 
which is a most desirable feature in any plant. The colors 
are a curious and odd blending of yellow, scarlet and shades 
of olive green, green shading to yellow, etc. The only dif- 
ference in the varieties is that in one yellow will predomi- 
nate, scarlet in another and green in another. The stems and 
leaves are also very beautiful, being spotted with black and 
reddish brown. Try them; they are sure to succeed and 

plea * ey0U - Each. 

Luteola Jj> 

Pendula •• }J 

Tricolor la 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 35 cents we will send one bulb 
Of each of the three sorts. 




ARUM CRINITUM. ARTTM DRACUNCTJLTJS. 

ARUMS, 

The two varieties of Arum here offered are both gener- 
erally sold as " Black Callas." The only true Black Calla we 
offer among novelties, but wish to say that these two sorts 
possess great merits as flowering bulbs, either for pot or gar- 
den culture, and should be generally cultivated. 
Crlnitum, this plant is much like the Calla Lily, except its 
leaves are beautifully divided, and its flowers which are 
of enormous size-a foot in length and nearly as broad- 
are of a deep black color. It is sure to bloom in mid- 
winter, and will create quite a sensation. It is a flower 
of striking oddity and beauty; 30c. each. 
Dracunculua, stem tall and spotted like an adder Leaves 
large and handsome. Flower exactly like a Calla, a foot 
in length and of a reddish black color. Curious and 
beautiful; 30c. each. 



FALL CATALOGUE OF HARDY BULBS AND PLANTS. 




TRITELEIA UNIFLORA. 

This is one of the choicest additions to winter flowering 
bulbs that has been offered in many years. The bulbs are 
small and several can be planted in a pot, each one of which 
will send up several flower scapes, bearing star-shaped blos- 
soms one inch in diameter, pure white, elegantly lined with 
celestial blue. As the flowers follow each other successively 
and last a long time before fading, a pot of these Bulbs is 
never without flowers for several months in mid- winter. 
They are also quite hardy aud can be planted in the open 
ground where they will bloom elegantly in the early spring. 
Wo earnestly advise all lovers of flowers to plant this beau- 
tiful gem. It is sure to delight you. It is of the easiest cul- 
ture and always sure to thrive. Fine Bulbs, 5 cents each : 
3 for 10 cents ; 12 for 30 cents. 
Tritelela Vloleceea, exactly like T. tlniflora, except in 

color, which is a beautiful violet blue; new and fine. 

8 cents each ; 3 for 20 cents ; 12 for 70 cents. 

TRITONIAS. 

Another new class of 
Cape Bulbs similar to Ixias 
and requiring the same treat- 
ment. The flowers are like 
miniature Gladlolas, droop- 
1 ing, with very sof taud pleas- 
ing colors. They are spec- 
ially adapted to pot culture. 

Each 
LongifloraAlba, white, 
long tube-shaped flow- 
er ; extra 10 

Lutea, pale yellow 10 

Rosea, deep rose 10 

Mixed bulbs of 10 best sorts, 
3 for 10c.; 12 for 35c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.--!,,, 

95 cenU we wQl send one huih 
each of these three tine soils ; 
three of each for GO cents. 

ANEMONES. 

Very beautiful and bril- 
liant spring flowering Bulbs, 
which should be found in all 

Jfllf 1 W ^ gardens. They possess a 

M\ m ^ beautiful range oi very fine 

M 1- » colors, such as brilliant scar- 

rlIT^«AWlA let, red, blue, rose, striped, 

I Rl 1 VP * p a 'nation, etc. For pot cul- 

* a V i M ture they are very tine bl- 

ind succeed best if left in the same pot year after year 
without removing or disturbing. 

Each 3 for Per 12 

Single, all colors mixed $ 05 $ 10 $ 30 

Double, " " 06 15 50 




DOUBLE ANEMONE. 

OXALIS. 

These varieties of Oxalis are all for winter blooming. 
They make the most beautiful hanging pots and baskets, pro- 
ducing a mass of flowers all winter, which in brilliant and 
I ieautif ul colors are truly charming. Winter blooming Oxalis 
are always sure to please. Plant Ave or six bulbs in a six- 
inch pot. They commence growth immediately after plant- 
ing, and need not be set away to form roots like most other 
bulbs. They bloom during the entire winter, a thing we can 




OXALIS. 

expect of but very few plants or bulbs, and are for that rea- 
son doubly worthy of a place in every collection of winter 
blooming bulbs. We feel that we cannot say enough in their 
praise to do them justice. Try them and you will be delighted. 

Each. 3 for Per doz. 
M ulti fl o r a Alba, pure white, free 

nlooiner 5 10 &5 

Bowl, deep pink, large, robust and fine. 5 12 40 

Lutea Major, bright yellow, large flow- 
ers in large clusters; magnificent. .. 10 20 60 

Hlrta, deep red, fine 5 10 35 

Versicolor, rose and white, lovely color, 

very beautiful 5 12 40 

Double Yellow, new. See Novelties. , . 10 25 90 

Mixed Sorts of 25 finest varieties, i»- 

cluding the above 5 20 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For only 25 cents we will send one 
bulb each of above 6 sorts, including Double Yellow. 



JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




Neapolitan urn, a grand bulb for winter blooming. Its 
tiower stems are twenty inches high, supporting a large 
cluster of delicate white flowers, which keep perfect 
many weeks. For bridal bouquets or funeral work these 
flowers are unsurpassed, having a delicate beauty pecu- 
liar to itself. They are sure to bloom splendidly in any 
window aud will be greatly admired. Plant three to six 
bulbs in a five inch pot and you will have a beautiful 
object for fully a month in winter. We know of nothing 
of the same cost which will afford such an elegant pot of 
flowers. It starts growth as soon as potted and com- 
mences to bloom in January, lasting a long time. Planted 
in the garden they are also splendid for early sprintr 
blooming ; 5c each ; 3 for 10c; 12 for 80c. 




ALLIUMS. 

These are among the most useful of all winter blooming 
bulbs, and being very cheap they should be extensively cul- 
tivated. 

Pallescens. a remarkably beautiful species but a late 
bloomer. It blooms in large clusters, which are composed 
of hundreds of small drooping flowers on long, slender 
stems, making a most beautiful effect. Color nearly 
white striped with brown, A highly interesting sort for 
pot culture and sure to succeed ; 10c. each ; 3 tor 25c. 
Pendulinum, pure white in umbels, drooping. In other 
respects much like Neapolitanum ; 5c. each ; 6 for 10c; 14 
for 30c 




ALLIUM PENDULINUM, 



MUSCARI. 

A class of bulbs closely allied to the Hyacinth and requir- 
ing the same treatment both for pot and garden culture. 
Though perfectly hardy and make a tine show in the garden, 
they are grown mainly for winter blooming. Several can be 
planted in a small pot and they will be exceedingly pretty. 
Com mutatum, beautiful dense spikes of deep indigo-blue 

flowers, shading to light blue at the top ; splendid. 5 cts, 

each; 3 f or 12 cts.; 12 for Wets. 
Comosum, 40 to 100 flowers In a spike, blue, odd and fine: 3 

ets. each ; 5 for 10 cts.; 12 for 20 ets. 
Azureum, blooms in October, or soon after planting at any 

time • very beautiful aud desirable; light blue in spikesa 

foot high. 8 cts. each; 3 for 20 cts. 
Moschatum (Musk Hyacinth), flowers in spikes and highly 

fragrant. 25 cts. each. 
Racemosus, deep indigo-blue, tipped white; blooms early 

in dense spikes, very beautiful and desirable. Thischarm- 

ing variety should be in every collection, both for the 

garden and for winter blooming. 3 cts. each; 5 for 10 cts., 

[2 for 20 cts. 

\j A L LAbi 

Ethloplca, the common 
Calla, of which we have 
some magn ill cent large 
bulbs in the best condi- 
tion for winter bloom- 
ing. The bulbs were 
grown in California and 
are of enormous size,and 
will produce a large 
amount of bloom the 
coming winter. 25 cts. 
and 50 cts. each, accord- 
ing to size. 
Com pacta, a new dwarf 
compact form which 
does not grow very high, 
but produces large sized 
flowers in great number 
all the year round, for it 
blooms as freely in sum- 
mer as it does in the win- 
ter. As it is not such a 
tall grower, it makes a i 
much better pot plant 
t ban the old Calla. Ex- 
CALLA, ETHIOPICA. tra tine, 50 cts. 

Black Calla. This is perfectly grand ; the largest and 
of all. See Novelties. 75 cts. each. 



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FRITILLARIA RECURVA. 

FRITILLARIAS. 

Very early flowering bulbs, suitable either for garden or 
pot culture. In pots they bloom during January or Febru- 
ary and are very attractive. 

Recurva, a rare species, closely resembling a Lily; flowers 
borne on graceful drooping steins and are very pretty, 
light scarlet, spotted black. It is little known or culti- 
vated and will be an attractive object in any one's gar- 
den or window. Price 15 cts. 
each ; 3 for 30 cts. 
Lanceolata, we flowered this 
lovely variety for the first 
time last winter and are 
greatly pleased with it. It is 
a rapid grower, attaining the 
height of about fifteen inch- 
es, very graceful in habit. 
and bearing three to ten bell 
shaped flowers, which are 
beautiful for their oddity of 
color. The outside is a green- 
ish color while the inside is 
yellow spotted with brown. 
It is curious and odd, and 
well worthy of a place in 
every collection, lor. each ; 

FRITILLARiA LANCEOLATA. 3 for 30c. 

Imperlails, these are the well known Crown Imperials; 
very large bulbs, mixed colors. 25c. each. 





SNOWDROPS, 

These are the first flowers to greet us in spring, their 
pretty drooping snow-white blossoms appearing in March, a 
few days ahead of Scilla Siberica, with which they form a 
charming' contrast. They are also splendid for house culture 
in pots, blooming usually at Christmas. 



Each 3 for Per doz. 

Snowdrops, single $ 5 $ 10 ft 30 

Snowdrops, double 5 12 40 

E I weslf , the giant snowdrop. Very large 

and fine , 6 15 50 




CHiONODOXA LUCILLLE. 

CHIONODOXA LUCILLIiE, 

GLORY OP THE SNOW. 

One of the most lovely hardy flowering spring bulbous 
plants ever introduced, producing spikes of lovely azure blue 
flowers, with pure white centers. It is one of the earliest of 
all flowers, blooming before the Crocus, and sure to be more 
than satisfactory to those who plant it. A large bed of it at 
Floral Park the past spring attracted great attention, it be- 
ing a solid mass of color. For winter blooming this bulb is 
also lovely, far surpassing Scilla Siberica. Strong home 
grown bulbs, 6c. each ; 3 for 15c; 12 for 50c. 



TRI- 




TRIC° 



This is a tuberous rooted winter 
blooming Nasturtium for pot culture, 
which is one of the most charming win- 
dow vines one can possess during win- 
ter. Pot bulbs in good soil and treat 
them like other winter bulbs, but do 
not be discouraged if they are slow to 
start. They will after awhile throw up 
little needle like shoots, which should 
be supported on strings or trellises. 
After a short time they will develop 
beautiful tiny foliage which will soon 
be followed by hundreds of brilliant 
flowers— scarlet, tipped with black and 
yellow— which keep perfect along time, 
and make an object of the most charm- 
ing beauty. 50c. each. 



CROWN IMPERIALS. 

Well known bulbs of large size, producing an umbeil of 
bell-shaped flowers of various colors early in spring. 
Mixed Colors, yellow, red, orange, etc., 25 cts. each , j for 

60 cts. 



JOHN. LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y, 




CHINESE SACRED LILY. 

This is the one great winter-blooming bulb which is 
more eagerly sought after than any other tlower in cultiva- 
tion, and we are pleased to announce that we have, by send- 
ing an agent to China every year for three years, found 
where the true variety is grown, and are thcrelore able to 
supply the demand with the true lar~e-fiowering variety, 
and prevent the disappointment which has been caused by 
the Chinese sending to this country inferior sorts instead of 
the true Sacred Lily. The Chinese Sacred Lily is properly a 
Narcissus of the Polyanthus type. The bulbs are very large 
and each one sends up from five to twelve spikes which bear 
clusters of large, perfect, waxy white blossoms, with a yel- 
low center, and of a powertul and delicious fragrance, 
which is not excelled by any tlower. About one bulb in 
three will produce double flowers, the others single, like the 
cut here shown. It is impossible to import the double and 
single ones separate, as the Chinese grow they mixed. They 
grow well in pots of soil, but the most popular way ot 
blooming them is the Chinese method, as follows : Fill a 
bowl or some similar vessel with pebbles, in which place the 
bulb, setting it about one-half its depth so that it will be 
held firmly, then fill with water to the top of the pebbles 
and place 'in a warm sunny window. The bulb will at once 
commence a rapid growth a ad bloom in two or three weeks. 
The bulbs are so large and have so much vitality they can be 



kept perfectly dry all winter and be planted 
at any time when the flowers are desired. 
Some of the samples our agent first brought 
from China were kept till April first, planted 
in pebbles and water and were in full bloom 
and used at the celebration of a wedding 
April 15th. Bulbs are hardy and bloom well in 
the open ground, but their greatest value is 
for winter blooming. After blooming during 
winter they should be planted in the open 
ground as early as possible in the spring. Our 
bulbs are expected to arrive from China in 
October. All orders for them will be booked 
and the bulbs sent out as soon as they arrive. 
To make sure of getting the best bulbs order 
as early as possible this fall. Price of extra 
large bulb, by mail, post-paid, 35c. each ; two 
for 60c ; four for $1. 

DICENTRA SPECTABILIS. 

The old popular "Bleeding Heart 11 is a 
splendid thing for winter blooming. Pot the 
roots as you do any bulbs and put them away 
until winter, then bring them out, and in a 
light, sunny window they will bloom ele- 
gantly. Fine roots 20c. each ; 3 for 50c. 



SNOWFLAKE, 

The Snowtlake or Leucojum Verum, is an early spring 
flowering bulb, suitable also for pot culture. They produce 
large snow white llowers, and appear with the Snowdrop ; 10c. 
each; 3 for 25c. 



COLCHICUM. 

The Colehicum, or " Autumn 
Crocus," is a very worthy flow- 
ering bulb. After their foliage 
dies down in September they 
throw up numerous gay-colored 
flowers similar to the Crocus, 
but larger and more showy. 
Colors white, pink, blush, violet, 
etc.; delicate ami beautiful. 10c 
each ; $1.00 per doz. 




COLCHICUM. 



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(%ilds' Superb Limes. 




The following 20 sorts are the grandest and best for gen- 
eral culture, being hardy, robust growers and sure to succeed 
with any one. We offer them this fall at special low prices 
that all our customers can have a good Lily bed. You cannot 
make a mistake in buying any of these, they will be sure to 
grow and please you. We offer only strong, home grown 
bulbs. Our new book M Popular Bulbs and their Culture," 
tells all about Lilies. Price, 25 cents per copy. 

Each. 

Auraturrf, the Golden Banded Lily of Japan, flowers 
a foot across, pure white, spotted crimson, with a 
golden band through the centre of each petal ; very 
fragrant; the King of Lilies; home grown bulbs of 
enormous size 35 

Aureum Nlacu latum, a most beautiful sort, growing 
only one foot high, and producing in June several 
elegant upright flowers of the most beautiful soft 
light apricot yellow, spotted with black. It is one of 
the most pleasing sorts in cultivation 15 

Bicolor, another grand early blooming sort, exceedingly 
showy, being of a brilliant red color, flamed with yel- 
low, very large and perfect 

Candid um, pure white, very fragrant, a fine old sort and 
grand for winter blooming in pots. Per dozen, $1-50. 

Corldlon, a splendid Japanese Lily which blooms in June. 
Fine yellow. A real gem 

Excelsum, delicate buff, very fragrant and graceful. 
For delicate beauty few sorts can equal this 50 

Longiflorum, white, trumpet-formed ; very fragrant. 20 
Harrissi, a splendid new variety, producing larger and 
longer flowers than the other varieties, and a great 
many more of them. It also blooms much earlier, and 
is much more desirable for forcing 25 

Pulchellum, fine bright scarlet, an early bloomer and 
one of the rarest and best of all Lilies 

Pompon turn Verum, bright scarlet; very graceful, bril- 
liant and desirable. It blooms in May, being earlier 
than any other except Pyrenaiceum. A good sort. . . 

Pyrenalceum, tall and graceful, with fine drooping 
flowers in great profusion. Yellow, spotted black . . . 



15 



15 



25 



50 



75 

50 



Each. 

Speclosum, (Lancifolium). No flower garden can be 
complete without some varieties of this most beauti- 
ful class of Lilies. They are sure to thrive and give 
satisfaction in any situation. They are fragrant, pure, 
brilliant and delicate in color, and graceful and state- 
ly in form. Their beauty will surprise all who are 
unacquainted with them 
Monstkosum Album, pure white, with immense clus- 
ters of bloom, often fifty in a bun ^h. Grand... 20 

Praecox, white, tinted pink ; tall and vigorous ; bear- 
ing 5 to 25 flowers on a stem ; splendid 50 

Roseum or Rubrum, rose or pink, spotted darker; 
very beautiful 20 

Superbum, three to six feet high; flowers from five to 
forty, nodding, brilliant orauge-red; blooms in July. 
This is one of the grandest of all Lilies. It is capable 
of growing and producing an astonishing number of 
flowers 20 

Tigrinum, Flore Plena, double Tiger Lily; very desirable 
as its flowers are very double and borne in great 
abundance 15 

Thunberglanum, (Elegaus), this is another splendid class 
of Lilies. They are all erect or Tulip-shaped and 
bloom in June. They succeed in any location, and 
when in bloom present a magnificent array of colors. 
All sorts, mixed, per dozen, $1.50 15 

Tenufolium, (The Coral Lily of Siberia), very slender, 
with narrow foliage and small intense scarlet flowers; 
a perfect little gem ; should be in every collection. 
3 for 90 cents 

Umbel latum, one of the very best, blooming in June or 
July, with very large perfect flowers and dazzling 
colors. They are robust growers and produce an en- 
ormous head of bloom. Colors range from black red 
through all the shades of crimson, rose, yellow, buff, 
apricot, &c. Many being finely spotted and variegat- 
ed. 25 finest sorts, mixed, per dozen, $1.50 .-. 15 

Wallacel, this Lily is very floriferous ; each bulb throw- 
ing up from four to six flower stems, each one of 
which is crowned with three to ten beautiful upright 
blossoms of a delicate bright apricot color. It is very 
perfect in form and a most desirable sort as it in- 
creases so fast 15 



35 



SPECIAL OFFER.— For only $5 we will send one fine Bulb each of the above 20 grand Lilies. 




Mt%TUM?^"~~ ^SemanIT 7 '^ - Uandiddm. 



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JOHN LEWIS CH1LDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



WinteimBlooming^Tmnts. 






The following choice plants are recommended for winter blooming, and for foliage decorations. 

TRADESCANTIA, MULTICOLOR. 

This is a beautiful trailing 
vine, the foliage of which is 
composed of many colors— 
bronze, silver, pink, gray, rose, 
crimson, etc. It is very beau- 
tiful and will grow in any part 
of any light room, whether 
the sun ever strikes it or not. 
It grows rapidly and propa- 
gates freely. Very beautiful 
tor decorating. Price, 15c. 
each ; 3 for 30c. 

EUPHORBIA 

SPLENDENS. 

Often called M Crown of 
Thorns," as the thorny crown 
which encircled the head of 
our Saviour was made (it is 
supposed) from this plant. The 
two specimens from which our 
stock was grown came from 
China, and were beautifully 
trained on wire frames, and 
arc highly ornamental, espec- 
ially when in bloom. It is a 
curious and rare plant, worthy 
of general cultivation. 30c. 
each. 

KLEINA 

ARTICULATA. 

This is also an odd and de- 
sirable succulent plant. The 
stems are round and fleshy, 
and from one-half to one inch 
thick, and covered with a 
slight growth of small heart-shaped leaves. It is one of 
those odd and curious plants known to botanists, but which 
are very seldom seen in cultivation, but which are always 
novel and attractive. It blooms freely during winter and is 
30c. very pretty. 25c. each. 




PRIMULA. 

PRIMROSES. 

The Primula or Primrose is a valuable winter bearing 
plant. We have a fine lot of young, healthy plants which will 
bloom magnificently this winter. They are of the Sinensis or 
large flowering variety. 
Sinensis Flmbrlata, large flowering, all colors mixed. 

each ; 3 for 50c.; 7 for $1.00. 

SANSEYERIA 

ZEALANICA. 

A beautiful plant, splendidly 
adapted for the decoration of 
drawing-rooms and halls, as it 
stands drought and dust with 
impunity, and requires scarcely 
any water. The leaves, as shown 
in cut, grow to a length of three 
to four feet, and are beautifully 
striped crosswise, with broad 
white variegations on a dark 
green ground. It is a rare and 
beautiful plant which should be 
abundantly grown for positions 
out of the reach of sunlight, 
where other plants will not 
thrive. When you consider that 
it can be placed in any position 
in any room and do well its great 
usefulness is at once apparent. 
It has a singular beauty for dec- 
orative purposes which other 
plants do not possess, and is use- 
ful both winter and summer. 
For vases and baskets it is a 
tine center piece, and grows 
splendidly out of doors during 
summer. Fine plants, 30c. each; 
4 for $1.00. 




SANSEVERIA ZEALANICA. 



OAZANIA SPLENDENS. 

A most beautiful plant either for pot culture or bedding 
out during summer. It is of low trailing habit like the ice 
plant, and producing freely large blossoms of a bright orange 
color, and having a jet black circle at the base of the petals. 
On each petal in the line of this circle is a pure white spot. 
The combination is striking and pretty. In pots it is a splen- 
did winter bloomer. 20c. each. 





SEDIIM PULOHELLUM. 

SEDUM PULCHELLUM. 

A fine decorative plant, and though not new it is almost 
unknown. The branches covered with a dense growth of 
foliage droop from a pot or basket most gracefully and are 
beautiful all the year round. In winter the plant blooms, 
showing fine clusters of golden flowers which are exceeding- 
ly pretty, and borne in the greatest profusion. An extra 
flue plant which will please all. 25c. each ; 5 for $1.00. 



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LINUM TRIGYNUM. 

A winter blooming plant of great beauty, producing in 
the greatest profusion very large and very snowy blossoms 
of a bright yellow color. The plant is a complete mass of 
bloom for a long time during winter, and is one of the most 
beautiful winter bloomers it is possible to have. The Mowers 
are about the size of a Morning Glory, and no matter how 
small the plant is, it will bloom profusely. 35c. each. 

HOYA CARNOSA. 

We have a fine stock of this beautiful wax plant, which 
is such an elegant climber, with clusters of charming wax- 
like blossoms. 25c. each. 
Varlegata, leaves beautifully variegated with white; very 

ornamental. 40c. each. 



ELETTERIA CARDAMOMUM. 

A plant litttle known and 
hardly in cultivation in 
this country, but one of 
great beauty and useful- 
ness. Its foliage and general 
habit closely resembles 
that of a Canna, but rarely 
grows over two feet high. 
The leaves have a highly 
aromatic fragrance, which 
is very fine, especially for 
scenting clothes or work- 
ing into bouquets or vases 
of flowers. The seeds are 
also highly aromatic, and 
when taken in the mouth 
have a pleasant taste, and 
add a delicious fragrance 
to the breath. For this 
purpose they are often sold 
at high prices. The foliage 
of the plant is in itself high- 
ly ornamental, to say noth- 
ing of its fragrance, but 
when in bloom it is indeed 
charming. It blooms dur- 
ing the tall or early win- 
ter. Flowers white, borne 
elettehia cakdamomum. j n spikes and closely re- 
sembling some of the most beautiful orchids, and last for 
weeks before fading. 25c. each, 

VIOLETS. 

Swan ley White, as a plant for pot culture in the house 
for winter and spring blooming, or for planting in the 
garden or in frames, it is equally valuable. In pots it 
grows luxuriantly, and is loaded with flowers. In the 
garden it is hardy with slight protection, and greets us in 
early spring with a profusion of its large, snowy, sweet- 
scented blossoms. The growth of the plant is vigorous 
and healthy, bearing in great numbers, very large, per- 
fectly double flowers of pure, snowy whiteness, and un- 
excelled fragrance. 20c. each ; 3 for 50c. 

Double Purple Violet, Marie Louise, to contrast with 
the white, we offer this fine double, deep bluish-purple, 
sweet-scented variety, recently introduced. Desirable 
for pots or the garden. Plants hardy, and bloom almost 
as freely as the white, especially in winter and spring. 
Flowers large and sweet. 15c. each ; 8 for $1.00. 




4^ARD Y ^TeRENNIAIi^TlANTS. 



Like hardy Bulbs, hardy Perennial Plants are very desirable, for they live in the ground year after year, constantly 
increasing in size and beauty, flourishing and blooming with little or no care or attention. Don't fail to plant a good lot of 
these beautiful plants. 



CLEMATIS. 

For a trellis or pillar vine nothing equals the Clematis \a 
grandeur and beauty ; their large star-shaped flowers bei^g 
produced in great profusion from June to October. We 
have many varieties not here offered, of new and fine sorts, 
and if the selection of sorts is left to us, the customer is 
sure to be greatly pleased. When well grown, many of the 
varieties produce flowers by 
the hundred from six to ten 
inches across. Price, 75c. each. 

COCCINIA CLEM- 
ATIS. 

(Be/I- Flowered. ) 

The bell-flowered Clematis 
is very beautiful indeed. It 

grows 10 to 20 feet in a season, 
ying down to the ground 
every winter, like an Apios. 
The flowers are borne freely 
and are bell-shaped, not open- 
ing flat like other sorts. Color 
brilliant rosy scarlet; very 
showy. 25c. each. 

LILY OF THE VALLEY. 

Strong flowering roots from the open ground, 40 cts. per 
dozen. 




HONEYSUCKLE. 

We wish to call your special attention to this beautiful 
and rare Honeysuckle, which is perfectly hardy and an ele- 
gant out-door climber. When cultivated in pots as a climber 
for window or porch it is exceedingly fine. The flowers are 
beautiful and with a most charming fragrance. 
Halliana, a new white monthly Honeysuckle. It is ever- 
green, retaining its freshness during the entire winter; 
flowers pure white, turning to pale yellow, with the fra- 
grance of the Cape Jessamine ; hardy, vigorous grower: a 
constant bloomer; this is one of the most valuable of the 
late introductions. 20 cts. each ; 3 for 50 cts. 

TWO GRAND SPIREAS, 

We know of but very few perfectly hardy plants for 
out-door culture so desirable as these two charming Spireos. 
They bloom in June, and the blossoms are like large feathery 
plumes and unexcelled for all kinds of bouquets, vases and 
baskets of loose fiowers. The plants form large clumps, 
bloom profusely and make a great show. 20 cents each, or 
the two for 30 cents. 
Pal mat a, grows two feet high with large feathery plumes 

of the most charming rosy scarlet blossoms. 
Elegans, pure white, in large clusters of compact spirals. 

HARDY ASTERS. 

These are exceedingly beautiful, producing for a long 
time great masses of elegant daisy-like blossoms, of delicate 
colors. A single plant will bear several thousand blossoms, 
and make a great show for a long distance. Perfectly hardy 
and bloom profusely every year. 15 cts. each. 
Campananl, beautiful lavendar, large and fine. 
Del Puente, rich deep purple. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




EUPHORBIA COROLLATA. 

EUPHORBIA COROLLATA. 

A truly beautiful flower, which has received the popular 
name of White Forget-me-not. The flowers are pure white, 
borne in immense sprays or panicles, growing to the height 
of three feet. For bouquets, vases, baskets, etc., few flowers 
equal it for graceful beauty. The blossoms are very durable, 
and last for weeks when cut and placed in vases of water. 
When once planted, the roots form large clumps, which area 

Ferf ect mass of flowers all summer. 20 cts. each; 3 for 50 cts.; 
for $1.00. Seed 10 cts. per pkt. 

ASCELEPIAS TUBEROSA. 

This is a charming hardy plant, forming a large clump of 
growth 18 inches high, and bearing great clusters of the most 
brilliant orange scarlet flowers. It is a showy and striking 
object, and should be found in every garden. 15 cts. each ; 
$1.50 per doz. 

EULALIA. 

These plants form some of the most beautiful objects 
that can be grown. They are large spotted and striped 

grasses, forming a dense clump, and growing 5 to 10 feet 
igh. They grow large feathery plumes, which are exceed- 
ingly odd and handsome, especially when dried and used for 
winter decorations. They are as valuable as the pampas 
grass for dry bouquets. As a lawn plant they have no 
superior, the long, wavy, variegated leaves resembling noth- 
ing else in cultivation. 

Each. 
Zebrlna, long, wavy leaves, spotted with creamy yel- 
low. Elegant. $2.50 per dozen 25 

Japonica, leaves striped with white. $1.50 per dozen 15 

For 30 cents we will send a plant of both sorts. 

PLATYCODON, GRAN DI FLORA, 

Introduced by us five years ago, and has proved very val- 
uable. It is a new hardy plant from Japan, producing all 
summer abundance of star-shaped flowers, three inches 
across, of beautiful blue and white colors. Perfectly hardy, 
and lives and blooms for many years, increasing in size and 
beauty each year. Plants grow three feet high and produce 
a beautiful mass of bloom. It is a plant that will please all. 
Strong roots 15c. each ; 5 for 50c. Seed, 10c. per paper. If 
sown in April or May it will bloom the first summer. 

ACHILLEA ALBA FL. PL. 

This plant produces hundreds, and even thousands, of 
pure white double blossoms, aud continues in bloom from 
July to October. For bouquets and cut flowers it is very val- 
uable, and is one of the very best of all plants for cemetery 
planting. 15 cts. each ; 5 for 50 cts. 

DOUBLE DAISY. 

We have a fine lot of the charming Double Daisy or 
Bellis. All colors mixed. As an early spring flower it is as 
fine as the Pansy, and should be planted in connection with 
it. Dozen, 75c. 




NKW PERPETUAL PERENNIAL PHLOX. 

NEW PERPETUAL PERENNIAL 
PHLOXES. 

We desire to call special attention to these elegant 
Phloxes, In growth and foliage they are unlike other sorts, 
being dwarf and bushy. They commence blooming in June 
and continue until frost and are indeed charming. They 
produce their tiowers in large panicles like a Hydrangea, and 
the brilliant colors show to great advantage. They are per- 
fectly hardy and should be left in the ground over winter, 
where they will increase in size and beauty each year. 
Master Morty Hulse, beautiful rosy lilac, marbled with 

white, flowers large and of beautiful form. 
Master Clarence Hulse, pure white ; tiowers and truss of 

very large size and exceedingly beautiful. 
Master Sylvester Hulse, beautiful lilac rose. 
Miss Hattle Hulse, pure white, with beautiful pink eye. 

Price, SO cents each, or the h sorts for 70 cents. 
Giant Perennial Phloxes, these grow taller than the above, 
with immense panicles of bloom, but do not flower so 
early. We have 10 of the finest colors, white, scarlet, 
pink, variegated, etc. Fine plants, colors mixed, 3 lor 
40c.; 6 for 75c; 12 for $1.25. They are grand. 

APIOS TUBEROSA, 

OR TftE TUBEROUS-ROOTED WISTARIA. 

A valuable, hardy, tuberous-rooted climber, closely re- 
sembling the common Wisteria in vine and foliage, and hav- 
ing clusters of rich, deep purple flowers, which have a 
strong, delicious violet fragrance. Plant the bulbs near a 
trellis, fence, tree or any place where you may wish a clim- 
ber. They grow to a great height, and bloom profusely. 
The bulbs are perfectly hardy, and should not be taken up 
over winter. It is sure to give great satisfaction. If possi- 
ble, plant two or three bulbs near together to produce a 
greater mass of vines and flowers. 10c. each ; 6 for 50c. 

WISTARIA, SINENSIS MAGNIFICA. 

This popular hardy climber will grow 25 feet in a season 
and bears early in spring long racemes of blue flowers in the 
greatest profusion. A large plant in bloom is a beautiful 
sight with its hundreds of clusters in bloom. We have a 
very large stock and offer it extremely low. 20c. each: 
seven for $1. 

PANSIES. 

Fine young plants of Giant Excelsiors, and Imperial 
Germans, mixed. Per dozen, 65c.; per 100, $4.00. 



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IRIS, KAEMPFERI. 

IRIS. 

There is a fascinating beauty and fragrance about the 
Iris that is peculiar to this Sower. The plants are very 
hardy, and when once planted will increase in size and beauty 
every year. Divide the clumps when they get too large. 

Each. 
Excelsior, large, white, suffused with blue ; very sweet. . 20 
Cermanlca, this is one of the grandest classes of Iris. 
Plants form dense clumps, which send up many flow- 
er stalks, each one bearing several large beautiful 
flowers of various colors. No garden should be with- 
out them. They bloom early and are very sweet. All 

colors mixed ; 12 for $1.50 15 

Kaempferl, no description can do this grand plant jus- 
tice. The flowers are borne in great profusion, and 
are of enormous size, often ten inches across. A great 
variety of magnificent colors. All colors, mixed ; 3 

for 50c.: 12 for $1.50 20 

Suslana, if every lover of flowers could see this grand 
plant in bloom, we really believe not one in a hundred 
would refuse to pay one dollar each for one or more 
bulbs of it. Among all flowers, there is hardly one of 
such oddity and striking beauty. The bloom is of 
enormous size, and in describing it we say : It is choc- 
olate and black mottled, and beautifully veined with 
grayish white ; yet, from this, no one can form a cor- 
rect idea of how the flower looks. It is indescribable, 
and the planter will be surprised when he sees it. It 
is perfectly hardy, and blooms in May. Try it; and 
when it blooms, you will undoubtedly pronounce it 
the most beautiful flower in your garden ; 3 for 50c. . . 20 



AMPELOPSIS YEITGHI. 

A new and rapid growing climber of great beauty, espe- 
cially for brick or stone houses or walls. Its foliage, which is 
lively green in summer, changes in autumn to brilliant 
crimson, producing a most gorgeous effect. It will in a 
short time, entirely cover the side of a large building, and 
far surpasses the Ivy. We offer it at the low price of 15c. 
each ; three for 35 cents. 

DOUBLE HOLLYHOCKS. 

These are always in great demands and are used for back- 
grounds or centers of beds, their tall spikes of beautiful 
flowers making them very valuable for such situations. Our 
stock of young, healthy plants is very fine, embracing all 
colors, crimson, buff, yellow, lemon, purple, rose, etc. 20c. 
each ; 3 for 50c.; 12 for $1.50. 

YUCCA, FILAMENTOSA, 

(AN EVERGREEN PLANT.) 



This plant is an object of 
beauty the year round, if 
only its leaves are seen; 
these are one to two feet 
long, bristling out at all 
angles with sharp points; 
flower stalk stout, four to 
five feet high, with 50 to 
200 bell-shaped creamy 
white blossoms hauging 
from branching arms. It 
is of a tropical appearance 
and truly magnificent. 
Perfectly hardy and lives 
to a great age ; 15c. each ; 3 
for 30c. Seed 10c. per paper. 

HIBISCUS. 

CHILDS' NEW HYBRIDS. 

They are perfectly hardy 
in any place and each 
spring send up numerous 
branches, which, from well 
established roots, grow 5 to 
8 feet high, forming a 
deDse clump, which is truly 
a showy object. For 
hedges they are unsur- 
passed. The flowers are 
produced in great profu- 
sion from July to Septem- 
ber and are about a foot 
across, being the shape of 
large saucers. The colors 
range from pure white, 
through all the shades of 
blush and pink, to deep 




YUCCA. 

brilliant rose ; 15c. each ; 5 for 50c 



HYACINTHUS CANDICANS. 

A new species of Hyacinth, which blooms during August 
and September, grows three to five feet high, with spikes of 
pure white flowers two feet or over in length. Perfectly 
hardy and blooms from year to year. Price, 10 cts. each ; 3 
for 25 cts. 



T^are Ornamental Trees. 



Koelreuteria Pantculata, a small, handsome Chinese tree, 
bearing large panicles of yellow flowers, and in autumn 
large inflated seed pods which are exceedingly striking 
and ornamental. 15 cts. each. 

Poplar, Co I den Leaved, (Van Geert), a lovely tree with 
bright yellow leaves, which makes an odd and beautiful 
appearance. It is one of the most desirable trees to pos- 
sess. 20 cts. each; 3 for 50 cts. 

Weeping Willow, an old and highly esteemed tree. 35c. each. 

Ginko Blloba, this is a charming Maiden Hair tree, whose 
beauty it is useless to attempt to describe. It is also know 
as Salisburia, and has foliage like a Maiden-Hair Fer 
20 cts. each. 

Horse Chestnut, Double Flowering, a very rare tree, pos- 
sessing great beauty both in foliage and flower. We all 
know the beauty of the common Horse Chestnut, but this 
far surpasses it. 50 cts. each; 3 for $1. 



Spanish Chestnut, a splendid ornamental tree which bears 

large crops of delicious nuts. It bears very young. 10 

cts. each; for 50 cts. 
Aila nth us, the Chinese " Tree of Heaven," a rapid growing 

tree of great beauty. 30 cts. each. 
Russian Mu I berry, a superb rapid growing tree, which bears 

abundance of fine fruit. A most useful and ornamental 

tree. 30 cts. each. 
Pauiownla Imperlalis, young trees will grow 15 feet in a 

season, with leaves two feet across. In spring it bears 

great panicles of blue flowers. This is really the grandest 

tree grown. 50 cts. each. 
Catalpa, Koennpferl, very ornamental and a rapid grower. 

Tree when only 2 or 3 years old bears great panicles of 

bloom. 15 cts. each. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For only $1.50 we will send, either 
by mail or express, one tree each of above 10 fine sorts. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILD, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



f- Hfl^IDY ©I^NA/VlEJireAL SHRjJBS^ 




A good bed of shrubs must not be overlooked by any one. Our shrub garden is one of the most interesting and beautiful 
features of Floral Park, and furnishes a profusion of flowers from April to October. No one can realize their great beauty 
until they have a few well established. Shrubs are a necessity to every garden and lawn, as they furnish abundance of the 
prettiest flowers and foliage, and serve to form a most beautiful background, or a fine screen for unsightly objects. For 
planting in cemeteries or parks they are practically valuable. What can be prettier planted side by side than the white- 
leaved Althea or Weigeiia, golden-leaved Spirea, purple-leaved Berberry, and the gloss green foliage of other sorts, to say 
nothing of the gay and pretty flowers? A good shrub is an object of beauty anywhere^ and as they are perfectly hardy and 
require but little care after once well planted, they should be extensively used. The plants we supply are strong, healthy 
aud vigorous, all having grown one year in the open ground, and most of them will flower beautifully next seasoyi. Do not fail 
to plant a few. Our list this year includes many new and valuable sorts. 

ONE EACH OF THESE 25 SHRUBS FOR $3. 



ALTHEA, OR ROSE OF SHARON. 

A magnificent shrub, growing 5 to 10 feet high, and pro- 
ducing during August and vSeptember, a great profusion of 
flowers, large and showy. Its colors are white, rose, violet, 
&c, which produce a beautiful effect. Extra line for ceme- 
teries. We sell all colors mixed. 30c. each: 3 for 50c.: 12 
for $1.50. 

BERBERRY. 

Purple Leaved, a shrub of striking beauty, as it has dark 
purple (almost black) leaves. The bush has a compact 
symmetrical form, and in May is loaded with beautiful 
drooping racemes of yellowish flowers. Makes a fine 
specimen. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c; 12 for $1.25. 

Th u rt berg}, a shrub of great value; after blooming profusely 
it bears brilliant red berries which hang very thickly sus- 
pended from the branches. These berries keep on well 
into the winter, and make the bush very brilliant after 
the leaves have fallen. In autumn the leaves color very 
brilliantly, A grand acquisition. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

CALYCANTHUS FLORIDA. 

This is the well known u sweet scented " shrub. It bears 
in May a great profusion of double purple blossoms, which 
have a strong, delicious pineapple fragrance. Very popular. 
15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

DEUTZIA. 

Crenata, -fl- pi., grows four 
feet high, and in June is 
literally covered with dou- 
ble white blossoms, as per- 
fect as roses. 15c. each : 4 
for 50c. 

Rosea, fl. pi., like the above 
except a charming rose col- 
or. Rare and fine. 20c. 
each • 3 for 50c. 

Gracilis, height two feet, 
very compact, its branches 
drooping to the ground 
with their profusion of 
white Lily of the Valley 
like blossoms. 15c. each; 4 
for 50c. 

ELDER OR 

SAMBUCUS. 

Golden Leaved, this isanew 
and extra fine shrub. Its 
leaves are pure bright yel- 
low, which color they re- 
tain all the season and pre- 
sent an object of striking 
beauty. Do not fail to try 
deutzia. it. 25c. each. 

FORSYTHIA OR GOLDEN BELL. 

An old and valued shrub, growing 4 to 5 feet high, and in 
April or May, before its leaves appear, robing itself the 
length of its branches in pendulous bells of a brght yellow 




~%:<^ 



color. It is such a mass of brilliant yellow that it can be seen 
for a long distance, and lights up a lawn or yard as nothing 
else can at that early season. Large bushes 20c. each; 3 for 50c. 




HYDRANGEA PANICULATA GRANDIFLORA. 

HYDRANGEA PANICULATA GRAND- 
IFLORA. 

We believe this to be the most desirable hardy shrub in 
cultivation. Flowers white, borne in immense pyramidal 
trusses more than a foot long. It remains in flower two or 
three months ; creates a great sensation wherever seen. It 
is sure to bloom finely the first season. 30c. each ; 3 for 50c. 

LILAC, WHITE. 

All know and love the grand old purple Lilac, but very 
few possess the.large flowering pure white variety which we 
here offer. Do not fail to plant a few, it is so lovely in con- 
trast with the other. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

PURPLE FRINGE. 

This grand shrub is covered in midsummer with fine hair- 
like flowers, giving the whole plant the appearance of being 
wrapped in a cloud of purple mist. Striking and beautiful. 

15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 



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RHODODENDRON. 

RHODODENDRON. 

Everybody has heard of the great beauty of this shrub, 
although it is seldom seen, on account of its high price. We 
have had a lot grown in Europe so that we can furnish 
thrifty young plants very cheap. The plant is an ever- 
green, retaining its beautiful laurel like leaves all winter, 
and in early spring producing enormous clusters of gay 
flowers of various colors. 30c. each ; 4 for $1. 

SNOWBALL. 

A grand old 
shrub which we 
all remember in 
childhood, pro- 
j^^ ducing in June 
s ^>large round 
balls of snow 
white bloom, 
which droop 
from the branch- 
es most grace- 
fully. 20c. each; 
3 for 50c. 

SWEET 
BRIAR. 

This is a beau- 
tiful Rose (R. 
^anina,) which 
|bears through 
the summer, 
jlarge, single, 
blush white, or 
pink flowers, in 
great profusion. 
The leaves have 
a peculiar sweet 
fragrance which 
is delightful. It 
is really a charm- 
ing shrub. 10c. 
each ; 6 for 50c. 

SPIREA. 

Van Houttel, the most showy of all the Spireas, and one of 
the very best flowering shrubs in cultivation. The plant 
is a rather tall, upright grower, with long slender 
branches that droop gracefully with their weight of foli- 
age and flowers. Flowers pure white, in great clusters 
and whorls, forming cylindrical plumes two feet long. 
Few shrubs present a more charming appearance. It 
blooms freely when very small. New and fine. 20c. each; 
3 for 50c. 

Reeves I, fl. pi., pure white blossoms, very double, like 
small roses. Exceedingly beautiful. 15c. each; 4 for 50c. 

Thunbergi, beautiful fern-like leaves which remain on till 
late fall, changing from green to most glowing and rich 
colors. Forms a large dense bush which in spring is a 
perfect mass of elegant white flowers. ISc. each; 4 f< >r 60c. 

Aurea, a grand shrub with bright golden yellow foliage. 
Very conspicuous and contrasts finely with other sorts. 
Flowers white, in clusters. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 





Sl'IREA— *VAN HOUTTEI. 



SYRINGA. 

Mock Orange, a rapid growing, medium sized shrub, pro- 
ducing in June great masses of snow white flowers, simi- 
lar to Orange Blossoms, and having the most delicious 
fragrance. It is a grand shrub of which one cannot have 
too much. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

Double Pink, new and grand. 30c. each. 

TAMARIX, AFRICAN. 

A graceful shrub which in early spring is a complete 
mass of lovely light pink, spray like blossoms, exceedingly 
beautiful. The blossoms are followed by a peculiar fine ever- 
green like foliage, which make a curious looking bush all 
summer. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

WEIGELIA. 

Rosea, a grand shrub which is a mass of fine bell shaped 
pink blossoms during June. It is one of the most popu- 
lar and beautiful of all shrubs. 15c. each ; 4 for 50c. 

Cand Ida, like the above except pure white in color. ISc.each. 

Varlegata, similar to Rosea except it has a more dwarf 
habit, and its leaves are finely variegated with white and 
green. A most charming foliage shrub. 15c. each; 4 for 
50c. 

THE TRIFOLIATE ORANGE. 



(Citrus Trifoliata.) 



A New Hardy Orange. 



This is the most hardy of the Orange family, and will 
stand our northern climate with little or no protection, and 
is also desirable for pot culture. In the parks of both New 
York and Philadelphia it is growing luxuriantly, and bloom- 
ing and fruiting profusely. Think of it friends, you can 
have an Orange tree growing, blooming and fruiting on your 
lawn or yard. It is dwarf, of a low, symmetrical growth, 
with beautiful trifoliate, glossy green leaves, and abundance 
of large, white, sweet-scented blossoms, larger and finer than 
any other variety of Orange blossoms, and borne almost con- 
tinually. The fruit is small, bright orange-red in color, hav- 
ing a peculiar flavor. The fine appearance of the plant, with 
its constant habit of blooming, and showy fruit, combine to 
make a plant of peculiar value and beauty. It is a conspicu- 
ous and attractive object in any shrubbery or pleasure 
ground, pot or tub. Here at Floral Park it is growing mag- 
nificently in the open ground, and it is best suited for open 
ground culture, as it is deciduous and drops its leaves in the 
fall, and cannot be induced to make much growth in winter 
even in a greenhouse, though it will not drop its leaves if 
kept from frost. It blooms very profusely in spring and 
early summer, but after the fruit begins to form blossoms 
are not so plentiful. Our cut in Spring Catalogue represents 
a young tree about four feet high as it appears when in 
bloom and when in fruit, but the flowers and fruit do not 
appear tot jet her, to the extent there shown. The fragrance 
produced by a tree in bloom can be appreciated only by those 
who are familiar with the delicious perfume of the Orange 
blossom. We predict for this tree a great future. Strong, 
young, thrifty trees 30 cts. each. 

(gf O NOT FORGET TO SiniSCRI DE^TOH 

•.■.-.■.•.•.■.-. Mhe yl ay flower. ••.•■•■•■•••••■■ 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



(%OIGE AND^I^ARE J^RUITS. 



*0 accommodate many of our customers, who wish a few fruit trees and shrubs, and who cannot conveniently get them. 



' bv express, we have carefully prepared a brief list of varieties which will suit any person exactly, in any part of the 
— can send by mail, post-paid, at prices named; of course if any one can receive them by express, 



country, and which we can g_„ 
r we can send larger ones in that way at same price. Of one thing our friends can be sure, and that is, we otter them only 
the very best varieties, those which have proved superior at all the great nurseries, and which will do well in all parts of the 
country. It has cost us a great deal of trouble to gain this knowledge, of which our customers can reap the benefit. It is- 
one thing to plant fruits, but quite a different one to know which of the many varieties are really the best. The t nuts here 
offered, being young and thrifty, will make a very rapid growth, and do as well and often bear as quickly as larger ones. 
Good fruit is one of the greatest luxuries a family can have, and those who have a chance to grow them should spare no- 
trouble or expense to secure a good supply of the best sorts. Nothing enhances the value of a cottage or farm so much as a 
srood garden and good supply of fruits. Such a place always finds a ready sale at a good price. 

For a more complete list of Fruits see our last Spring Catalogue. Most iruits cannot be sent out until about the middle, 
of October. We will till all orders as early as possible. 



DEWBERRIES. 




In this new fruit (which might be called a climbing black- 
berry) we have the most delicious of all berries, and one of 
the most ornamental of all climbing vines. They should be 
trained on a trellis or tied to a stake like grape vines, and in 
the spring they produce great masses of large, pure white, 
sweet-scented flowers, which are followed by clusters of 
delicious fruit, larger, richer, and far more prolific than 
blackberries, very juicy and sweet to the core. The fruit 
is borne in great quantity, and is admitted by all to be 
the finest of all berries. When made into wine it gives a 
gentle stimulant, which for invalids is unequaled, the flavor 
of the wine being as superior as the flavor of the fruit. It is 
perfectly hardy, and does not sucker from the roots, but is 
increased from the tips like Blackcap Raspberries. 
Mammoth. Large and fine. 20 cts. each ; 3 for 50 cts.; 7 for 

$1.00; 15 for $2.00. 
Lucretl a. A new sort of immense size and delicious quality. 

Berries often two and one-half inches in length and borne 

in great clusters. Ver juicy and sweet. 15 cts. each ; 10 

for $1.00. 

CRANDALL TREE CURRANT. 

A very important new fruit. It attaines a height of 7 to 
9 feet, branching freely, shoots often growing 4 or 5 feet in 
one season. It bears an enormous crop every year of large 
black fruit the size of a grape, which are in quality entirely 
unlike any other black currant, as it has none of the odor or 
disagreeable flavor common to black sorts. On the contrary , 
Its quality is very fine indeed, and is not excelled for cooking 
in any form, either for pies, jam or jelly. Its flavor is that of 
the Sweet Currant combined with the acid of the Cherry- 
Currant. It commences to bear the second year from cut- 
tings, and will yield a big crop in proportion to its size. It 
begins to ripen the middle of July, and continues to the mid- 
dle of August. Fruit hangs to the branches for a long time 
after ripening. The Currant worm does not infest this sort, 
and it is, in fact, entirely exempt from all insect ravages. It 
is perfectly hardy, and will stand the most severe climate 
without a particle of injury in any respect. Price of strong, 
healthy plants, 50 cts. each ; 3 for $1.00. 



DOWNING'S 
EVERBEARING MULBERRY. 




DOWNING'S MTJXBERRY. 

The beauty of this as a lawn or street tree is quite enough 
to commend it, and it also yields an abundant supply of its 
large refreshing berries for over three months of the year. 

The Rural New Yorker says : "Has everybody a Mulberry 
tree planted in his yard? If not, let not another year pass- 
without planting one. Bear in mind, also, the Downing Ever- 
bearing Mulberry, it bears all the time except during winter; 
and it begins bearing when no taller than a one-year-old boy, 
at least that is the case with mine." 

The late Rev. Henry Ward Beecher said : " I regard it 
as an indispensable addition to every fruit garden; and I speak 
what I think when I say I had rather have one of Downmg's- 
Everbearing Mulberry than a bed of Strawberries." 

Price 60 cts. each ; two for $1.00. 

CURRANT, FAY'S PROLIFIC. 

A superb sort of recent introduction. It is large and tine 
flavored, brightest cherry red, and four times as productive 
as any other red currant. The bushes are a perfect mass of 
long clusters of fruit. 20 cts. each ; 3 for 50 cts.; 7 for $1. 

PRUNUS SIMONL 

This new Plum is called the "King of Fruits," and is be- 
lieved to be the most valuable new fruit introduced in many 
vears It is a native of Northern China, and is much hardier 
than any peach, and is as hardy as the leading apples, having 
stood without injury in Iowa thirty to forty degrees below 
zero. It forms a small tree, with quite large, long, oval, 
elliptic leaves, of a dark, shining green. Its flowers are small, 
white, and open in early spring. Its fruits are verypretty 
and larye, brick red or dark cinnabar coior. The flesh shows 
a line apricot yellow, is Arm, and has a peculiar aromatic 
flavor not found in the plums we cultivate, and equalled only 
bv the nectarine. This grand fruit should be planted by 
every one who has a rod of ground. Price, 50 cts. each ; $5 
per doz. 



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29 



3<Ww°*$0<!*Sji 




GRAPES. 

We offer five sorts of this delicious fruit, which for fine 
quality, hardiness, vigor and freedom from mildew in all 
parts of the country cannot be surpassed. They will t suc- 
ceed with any one in any part of the country. There is no 
fruit that yields more prompt and generous returns, and 
none that responds more kindly to a little timely care and at- 
tention than the grape. Everybody that has a few feet of va- 
cant ground, or a bare wall, fence or out-building, can plant 
a few grape vines, and have annual returns of the most no- 
ble and delicious fruit under the sun. Owners ot city lots, 
or small places in the country, with a little care need never 
be without abundance of grapes in their season. You can 
do no more sensible or profitable thing for the comfort and 
delight of yourself and family, than to plant, and take care 
of a few grape vines. 

Brighton, an early sort of the most delicious quality. 
Hunches large, of beautiful red color, vine hardy and 
vigorous : a grand sort. Price, 30c. each; $2.00 per dozen 
Niagara , as hardy, vigorous and prolific as the ( oncora and 
the best of all white grapes. Flavor sweet and delicious, 
and bunches large, borne in great quantity. Ripens 
early. This grape has been more widely advertised and 
sold than any other sort, Price, 30c. each ; $3 per dozen, 
Coiden Pocklington, a delicious, sweet grape, ot a Beauti- 
ful yellowish color, early, hardy and vigorous. A grand 
sort of recent introduction. Price, 25c. each; $2.n0 per 
dozen. 
Moore's Early, vine even more rugged than its parent Con- 
cord ; fruit much larger in berry, but as a rule not so 
large in bunch ; quality almost identical, and it ripens 
fuu two weeks earlier; a very valuable sort, especially 
north, as it is so early. Price, 25c. each; $2.50 per dozen. 
Empire State, a remarkable grape and destined to become 
exceedingly popular. The vine is a strong grower, ex- 
tremely hardy, free from mildew and a heavy bearer. 
Clusters large, berry medium, nearly round, white with 



a slight tinge of yellow, also a heavy white bloom ; ten- 
der, iuicv ; sweet, rich. Ripens with Moore's Early, and 
is a remarkably good keeper. 30c. each ; $3.00 per dozen. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— We will send one nice vine of each of 
above Jive sorts for $i.oo. 

3 GRAND NEW EARLY GRAPES. 

Here we offer a new white, black and red grape, which in 

size, earliness and delicious quality are superior to most 

other sorts. 

Mover, extra early, ripening three weeks ahead of Concord 
Color deep bright red, and sweeter than Delaware, a sort 
which it somewhat resembles. Perfectly hardy, having 
originated in Canada, very healthy, vigorous and pro- 
ductive. Pulp juicy and tender to the center, this 
grand sort cannot be too highly recommended. oOc. 
each; $4.00 per dozen. 

Eaton, an enormous grape growing as large as plums and in 
bunches weighing from one to two pounds. Color black 
with a heavy blue bloom. Vine very tough, healthy and 
vigor. >us with enormous leaves. Pulp very tender, Juicy 
and sweet, being superior to Concord and ripens earlier. 
Very hardy and enormously productive. Undoubtedly 
the 'finest as well as the largest black grape. 50c. each ; 
$4.00 per dozen. 

Moore's Diamond, the finest of all white grapes and ripens 
the last of August. Vine hardy and healthy in growth, 
vigorous and free from mildew. Berries large, beautiful 
white tinged with yellow and of the most delicious qual- 
ity, having very few seeds and a pulp which seems to 
melt in the mouth like snow. Do not fail to plant this 
delicious sort. 60c. each ; $5.00 per dozen. 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For only $l.oo we will send one fine 

vine each of above three new early grapes. Or for $1.75 we will 

send one each of the eight sorts above offered. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




FIRST SEASON. 



STRAWBERRIES. 



We have reduced our list of Strawberries down to these 
two sorts, for they are the best and most desirable in all 
respects. These two combine every good point possessed 
by other sorts— size, quality, productiveness, health, vigor, 
and early and late season of ripening. 

First Season. It bears a good crop immediately after planting. 
This berry is rightly named, and is the most valuable sort 
ever introduced, as it fruits at once. In size they are 
among the largest, and in quality they are the sweetest 
and most delicious berry we have ever tried. We have 
known and watched this berry for a long time, and are 
satisfied that it must take first place, and is the sort 
which everybody must have above all others, for outside 
of its fruiting the first season it is the best and sweetest 
large berry, and an enormous cropper. Its season is 
late, and when planted with the Monmouth, which is ex- 
tra early " Strawberry time," last for a long period. It 
is a self -fertilizing sort, as are also all other strawberries 
we offer. Strong, vigorous plants, 60c. per dozen ; 25 for 
$1.00 ; 100 for $3.00. 

Monmouth— Tn this new berry are combined the best quali- 
ties of many leading sorts. It is a strong, rank, healt ay 
grower, with everlasting foliage and perfect blossoms. It 
is one of the very earliest to ripen, and enormously pro- 
ductive, while in large, uniform size it has few equals. 
Its flavor is also the very best and sweetest, as it ripens 
so early (in May here), before the hot sun causes extreme 
sourness. As a rule, berries are much sweeter in Europe 
than here, as they have less hot sun upon them. Its ex- 
treme earliness helps to give Monmouth its extra sweet 
flavor. Its size is very large and it is an enormous crop- 
per. 50c. per dozen ; 30 for $1.00 ; 100 for $2.50. 



SPECIAL OFFE R. —For $1.00 we will send 1% plants of each, 
or 50 of each for $2.50. Plants cannot he sent out before 
October 15th. 



POT-GROWN 
STRAWBERRY PLANTS. 

READY SEPTEMBER FIRST. 

For fall setting pot plants are the best for they can be 
had at any time after September 1st, and are strong, vigor- 
ous and well-rooted plants which will bear a large crop of 
berries next season. The sooner they can be set after Sep- 
tember 1st the better, so they can have time to make as much 
root growth as possible before winter. We can supply 
strong pot plants of the following by mail or express at 
prices named. 

Ffrst Season, $1.00 per dozen ; $8.00 per 100. 
Monmouth, " M " ** 

Jessie, " " M *• 

Monmouth Beauty, the largest in size but a weak grower ; 
$1.50 per dozen. 

Michael's Early, very early and fine ; new ; $1.50 per dozen. 
White Pineapple, a novelty. Fruit when ripe, snowy white 
and highly flavored. $2.00 per dozen. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— Mir $5 we will send 1% plants each of 
abewe 6 fine sorts. 



FALL CATALOGUE OF HARDY BULBS AND PLANTS. 



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IMPROVED DWARF JUNEBERRY. 

This is a flue dwarf tree which is very valuable, both for 
its ornament and fruit. It is one of the first of all trees or 
shrubs to bloom in early spring, and is a complete mass of 
white cherry-like blossoms, showing to great advantage for 
a long distance. It is indeed one of the most lovely flowering 
trees. After the plant is two years old we have never known 
it to fail fruiting a single season on any soil, and any season, 
however unfavorable. After two years the plant will hang 
loaded with this luscious fruit, so the branches will weep to 
the ground. It will grow about four feet high. The berries 
are about half an inch in diameter, and of a beautiful deep 
purple of exceedingly luscious quality. Delicious to eat out 
of hand, stewed, or for pies. As for its hardiness it is a well 
known fact that it is the favorite and main food for bears in 
Aiaska, and when eating this berry, that they become fatter 
t ban at any season in the year. This berry will grow on any 
soil, and in any climate, and bear lots of fruit each year. 
30c. each ; 4 for $1. 



NEW EVERBEARING RASPBERRY, EARHART. 



RASPBERRIES. 

The Raspberry is one of the best and most profitable 
small fruits that can be grown. They succeed m any situa- 
tion, even in waste places, along stone walls, etc. Under 
good cultivation thev produce surprising results, and pay 
ten fold for the care bestowed upon them. 

Earn art, of this wonderful new berry the producer says : 
" The fruit is of large size, jet black, aud good quality, 
the first crop ripening the last of June. About this time 
the first of the new canes begin to bloom, and ripen their 
fruit soon after, and continue to bloom and ripen fruit 
until frost, producing heavy crops as late as September 
and October. It is a strong grower with corrugated foli- 
age of dark green color, and has never been known to 
winter kill. 1 ' Our experience with this berry has been 
highly pleasing. The spring of 1887 we set out 1,000 very 
small tip plants, which started at once into a strong 
growth and commenced fruiting in August, and contin- 
ued until frost, producing remarkably large flue berries 
in enormous clusters, as shown in the cut, which was 
made from a bearing cane in October. We were surprised 
to see any fruit at all the first summer on so small plants. 
It is certainly a perpetual bearer, and we believe has all 
the#ood points claimed for it. It wintered in an exposed 
position without a cane being killed. In fact it is the 
hardiest sort we know. This season the yield of fruit is 
marvelous. It commenced to ripen July first, and is 
bearing enormously, and will continue until frost. We 
consider it in all respects a highly valuable sort on which 
too much praise cannot be bestowed. Every one speaks 
highly of it. The Rural New Yorker of October 23, 1886, 
speaks in glowing terms of it. It says, that one cane, 
September first, had 380 berries, one-third fully ripe. 
Price, 25c. each ; 5 for $1. 

Cuthbert, a large red variety of splendid quality and great 
productiveness. Hardy and vigorous; this is the finest 
known red sort. Price, 10c. each; 3 for 25c ; 12 for 75c; 
100 for $2.50. 

Golden Queen, a new golden yellow berry of great size, 
productiveness and fine quality, rich, juicy and delicious. 
Vine a strong, rank grower, fruit extremely large and 
very beautiful, selling in market above all other sorts; 
exactly like Cuthbert, except in color. Price, 15c. each ; 
31.50 per dozen ; $7 per 100. 




NEW JAPAN PLUMS. 

These grand new Plums come in bearing at the age of 
two or three years, blossoms often appearing the first year. 
Fruit very large, often weighing over six ounces, with very 
small pit. Very attractive, fine quality, melting rich and 
Juicy, and enormous bearers. Wherever these Plums have 
irown and fruited they have created a great sensation by 
their enormous size, fine qualify and great productiveness. 
Kelsey, rich yellow overspread with crimson, large and fine 

but late to ripen. 40c. each; $4 per dozen. 
Botan, large, rich purple in color; medium early. 40c. each. 
Ogon, golden yellow, very early, large and sweet, and an 

enormous bearer. 40c. each ; $4 per dozen. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For $1 we will send one tree each of 
these wonderful Plums. 




CRAB APPLE. 



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CRAB APPLES. 

The Crab is now being- planted as an ornamental lawn 
tree. When in bloom in May they are very beautiful, and 
when loaded with their showy fruit they are indeed orna- 
mental. They bloom and bear abundantly when very small, 
and are, indeed, objects of great beauty, to say nothing of 
their fruit, which is unsurpassed for canning, preserving, 
jellies and sauce. Their ornamental and useful qualities 
combined make them doubly desirable for planting in any 
situation. They bloom and bear abundantly when very 
small. * 

Ma r?n h , a ' a new craD raised from the seed of the Duchess of 
Oldenburgh, by P. M. Gideon, of Minnesota. " A rapid, 
stiff grower, a perfect pyramid in tree ; a great bearer of 
the most beautiful fruit ; a bright, glossy yellow, shaded 
with light, bright red ; a mild, clear tart, surpassing all 
other crabs we ever grew for all culinary purposes, and 
fair to eat from hand. 25c. each -5 for $1. 

Hyslop, very fine, profuse bearer. Fruit of good size and 
fine shape; deep, bright red with blue bloom. Very 
showy, and one of the finest for jellies and preserves. 
Ihese two varieties of different colors are very beautiful 
and fine, we advise our customers to plant both. 20ets. 
each ; 6 for $1.00. 

QUINCE, MEECH'S PROLIFIC. 




QUINCE, MEECH'S PROLIFIC. 

This wonderful fruit often attains a growth of five feet 
■or more the first year from cutting, continuing to make a 
like vigorous growth as they progress ; one made 29 feet of 
wood the second year. They are remarkable for their early 
and regular bearing and for their wonderful productiveness, 
sometimes bearing when only two years old. The fruit also 
is remarkable for its rare combination of beauty of form and 
color, size, fragrance and flavor. It is shaped like a handsome 
pear with a smooth, fine skin, of a bright orange yellow, and 
very large averaging under good culture, 12 to 15 ounces 
each. Flesh of the most delightful fragrance and delicious 
flavor, a basket of this fruit fully ripe, perfuming a large 
room with its delicate aroma. Its cooking qualities are un- 
surpassed, being as tender as a peach and quite free from the 
hard lumps so objectionable in many other varieties. Its 
beauty of form and color, and holding well its leaves until 
late m the autumn renders the tree an attractive ornament 
to the home grounds, and the rich golden hue of an orchard 
m bearing reminds one of an orange grove in the south. 40 
cts. each ; 3 for $1.00. 

CHERRY, OLIVET. 

-f« £J ew good ch TO' trees should be found in every place 

nfth^S? Tr°- f the v %l y first fruits of the season and one 
■of the most delicious. They come when there is no other 

twIRL-SS? 1 ^ and fiI i a place whlcb uo °«5 frui?s cam 
?i^i s one ot PS vei 7 fi . nest ' a Bhin 7 d «eP ™d, large globular 
tender very rich and vinous. It ripens from the middle to 
the last of June, and is one of the largest and most prolific 
sorts in cultivation. It is a rapid gr« »wer and com me ices to 
nSK+w 11 ^ > rcnm e, usually in two or thre^ear" from 
planting. Vigorous young trees, 30 cts. each ; 4 for $1 00 




CHESTNUT. JAPAN GIANT. 




CHESTNUT, JAPAN GIANT. 

A grand, new Chestnut, which commences to bear when 
but two or three years old, often producing a large crop as 
they stand in the nursery rows, and we have seen burrs con- 
taining from four to seven large perfect nuts. The size of 
the nuts is about four times larger than the wild chestnut, 
and it is a tree which everyone should plant. 50 cts. each. 

FILBERT, KENTISH COB. 

This, the largest and finest of all Fil- 
berts, is a most desirable nut. The 
bushes are low, and occupy but little 
room, and can be planted in any out-of- 
the way place, where they produce an- 
nually large crops of the choicest nuts. 
They commence bearing the next year 
after planting, and the bushes grow and 
Increase rapidly. The Kentish ( 1 ob is one 
of the choicest, scarcest, highest priced, 
and most delicious of all nuts. Plant a 
few by all means. They are sure to do 
well and bear in a year or two. 30 cts. 
each ; $2.50 per doz. filbert. 

PECAN, HARDY PROLIFIC. 

This nut, so well known and highly prized by all, is of the 
easiest culture— the tree being of sturdy, lofty growth, and 
very prolific. Many suppose it is not hardy North, which is 
entirely erroneous. The shell is very thin, the kernel sweet 
and delicious. This is a very superior variety, large, hardy 
and exceptionally thin shelled and prolific. 30 cts. each * 7 
for $1.00. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 80 cts. we will send one each of 
these 3 fine nuts. 




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woi 
.so ] 
gen 
etxu 



PENALTIES ANDjStOVElxTIES. 



tinder this heading we o.T.r Bull* and Plants which on account of their novelty or other special merits, we _deem 
Pleroma, Cactus, &c. 




DOUBLE YELLOW OXALIS. 



Oxalis. 

Double Yelloat. 

This beautiful Oxalis is a 
free bloomer and bears 
large double flowers, as 
perfect as double daisies. 
Color, brightest yellow. In 
plant tnjjr Oxalis for winter 
bloom do not omit this fine 
sort. It is extra valuable 
both on account of its nov- 
elty and beauty. 10c. each; 
3 for 26a 





^o^aS^ 



Wiitfer-BloonunJ Gladi° ms - 



class 



It is with much pleasure that we are able to offe no 
is of Winter-blooming Gladiolus, hybrids of ColMiu. 
Thev are of very dwarf habit, and 3 bulbs can be grown in a 
six inch pot. The spikes of bloom are good and the colors 
S*ceM?ngly striking and beautiful. Cultivate like Hya. 
oinths. 



Duke of Albany, rich crimson, flaked white, fine. ...... 15 

Queen Victoria, salmon scarlet, feathered pure white; 

lovely 1" 

T he B ride," "pure white ■ • • ■ -.- ■ 10 

I nsigu Is, large crimson flower, flaked with purple. Fine 

early bloomer ■ - - ■ - ■ :•:;*: *£ 

SPECIAL OFFER,— For 35c. we will send one bulb each 
of the i fine sorts. 

Gladiolus 
s&troViolacea. 

A new blue Winter-bloom- 
ing Gladiolus from the Holy 
Land. It is of a dwarf habit, 
bearing a spike of T to 12 
blooms which are of a blue- 
ish black color, very rich and 
exceedingly odd, and the 
only blue flowered Gladiolus 
known. It is therefore a 
novelty of unusual merit, 
and one which is bound to 
attract great attention. We 
would advise treating it like 
a hyacinth, giving it plenty 
of time to form roots before 
bringing it out to bloom. 
Fine bulbs 25c. each; 5 for 
$1.00. 

Hyacii*tl*, M OI > strosa - 

This is the largest, and we think the finest, double Hya- 
cinth known. The spike is solid and composed of florets 
^m. _ ^m which are two 

inches or more 
across. Each 
flower is com- 
posed of wide 
outside petals, 
while the center 
is filled solidly 
with small 
twisted, quilled 
petals, making a 
flower as corn- 
partly double as 
I a Oat ilia. Color 
a fine shade of 
blue, while the 
outer row of 
large petals are 
p.,. — tipped with 

Vt WmwL} 'wJBIbE^MPB^ w^wmlVl green, win eh 

^5v iBRI 'GmHHBKSHPII & gives it a most 
^K W flEniiJBjT _ _'."Jl_i wH qO unique appear- 
r Sjt, vi i 3^^, a% acA*^ ance. No mat- 

*f '^mf^^ ^Hgp M0 W *' ter how many 

Hyacinths you have, your collection is not complete without 
this most beautiful one. 25e. each. 

Canary Y^lloW. 

Few novelties will come out tie's year which will in .im- 
portance surpass this New Yellow Homan Hyacinth. I here 
s nothing to be said of it except it is like the common Roman 
white except in color, which 's a lovely shade of light yellow. 
15c, each. 




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NARCISSUS POETICUS ORNATUS. 

Narcissus PoeticUs Ogatas. 

A new sort of recent introduction, and a great improve- 
ment on the old Poeticus, especially for Winter-blooming, as 
the flowers appear 3 to 4 weeks earlier than the old sort. It 
is among the most satisfactory of all bulbs for forcing, 
blooming very early and the flowers are very large and borne 
in pairs. Color, pearly white, with crimson and vellow cup. 
10c. each ; 3 for 25c.; 12 for 90c. 

Narcissus Syriaclis. 

The flowers of this beauti- 
ful novelty are large and 
fine, borne in loose clusters, 
with a fragrance resembling 
vanilla. Color, ivory white 
with a yellow cup. Narcissus 
are now all the rage, and 
many novelties are being 
brought out, but we believe 
none will prove so valuable 
as this. It is of the Polyan- 
thus type but its blossoms 
are very much larger than 
any of that class we have 
yet seen, while its fragrance 
is unrivalled. For pot cul- 
ture it is especially valuable, 
as it will bloom so early. 
They can be had in flower 
the last of November for 
Thanksgiving. Fine bulbs, 
15c. each ; 3 for 30c. 




Chrysanthemum Gbroino. 

We vet have left a few copies of our grand Chrysanthe- 
mum Chromo, size 21x27 inches, and showing in natural size 
and colors 18 of the finest Chrysanthemums, Price, postpaid, 
30c. each; 3 for 75c. 



TWo Elegant Lilies. 

These two fine Lilies are grown extensively for winter 
blooming in pots, and with large bulbs they are sure to bloom 
well and make grand pot plants during winter, their larire 
spikes of large sweet blossoms eclipse in beauty and fragrance 
nearly everything else. Bulbs of ordinary size will be found 
offered among other Lilies in this catalogue. 

This offer is of Bulbs which have been specially grown for 
winter blooming, and are more than twice the size of ordinary 
bulbs, and the amount of bloom they will produce will be- 
surprising. Try these enormous bulbs for winter blooming. 
Harrlsl, or the Bermuda Easter Lily, large pure whiter 

trumpet formed flowers, of great beauty and fragrance; 

50c. each; $5 per dozen. 
Candldum, very sweet, pure white wax-like flowers, 50c 

each; $5 per dozen. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 75c. we will send one immense 
bulb each of these two Lilies. 

Grocus 

Biflora. 

This is a most charm- 
ing variety, and the best 
of all for pot culture. It 
blooms in January and 
lasts a long time, as each 
bulb sends up several 
flowers in succession. 
Half a dozen can be 
planted in a small pot 
and will make a lovely 
sight. Color inside fine 
white, tinged blue, out- 
side beautifully feath- 
ered black and yellow, 
an odd and beautiful 
combination. It is also 
very fragrant, and we 
earnestly recommend 
aU to try it. 4c.each;3i'or 
10c.;12tor30c.;25for50c. crocus bi fiCEi. 




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Tillandsia IJtrichlata, or pine 
Apple «&ir plant. 

In this we have a most ornamental and unique hanging 
plant. Unlike other plants, it requires neither soil nor fer- 
tilizer, its roots serving only to fasten itself to the branches 
of trees, while it derives all its nourishment from the ah*. 
Secure the plants to a forked stick, piece of bark, wire 
frame, bunch of moss, or anything of the sort, and suspend 
them in a window, and they make one of the most attractive 
objects that can be had. The leaves are very beautiful 
grayish green, long and pointed, and curve and droop most 
gracefully. It is of the easiest growth, and will thrive in 
any window, requiring only a good sprinkling of water once 
or twice a week. When a plant attains a good size it will 
bloom, producing a large forked panicle as seen in the cut. 
30c. each ; 4 for $1.00. 



ERYTHRONITJM. 

Erytt}Por}i*in}. 

These are bulbs which should be extensively grown both 
in the garden and for winter blooming in pots. The common 
varieties which have been generally sold have not given good 
satisfaction, hence we have never offered them, and these two 
splendid new sorts must not be compared with any you have 
previously seen or attempted to grow. They have large and 
beautiful lily-like blossoms which appear early in spring. 
The foliage is large and beautifully spotted. They are hardy 
in the garden, and very desirable, but are far better for win- 
ter blooming in pots, and being of the easiest culture and sure 
to bloom freely in midwinter, few bulbs of their cost will 
give better satisfaction. Pot or plant the bulbs as soon as 
received, as they will suffer if allowed to remain dry. 
Crandlflorum, flowers lovely straw color; leaves beautifully 

mottled in brown, green and white. 10c. each; 3 for 25c. 
Smith I, like the above, except color, it being pure white, 

changing to purple. 10c. each; 3 for 25c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For 40c. we will send 3 bulbs of each. 




TILLANDSIA UTRICULATA, OR PINE APPLE AIR PLANT. 




Tfje Ne^ Black Galla. 

Among recent Bulb introductions we doubt if there has 
in several years been anything brought out which is so emi- 
nently desirable as this. It is a bulb which has come to stay, 
and hnd its way rapidly into every collection of winter 
flowers. We say winter flowers, as it is strictly a winter 
bloomer and will bloom no other time. Its flowers are enor- 
mous, fully a foot in length : color, clear coal black, so in- 
tense that it really shows a brilliancy, and as may well be 
imagined it is a flower of the most striking oddity and beau- 
ty. A person who possesses a bulb of this Calla has indeed a 
treasure, which will be the envy of an entire neighborhood. 
The bulbs are large and should be potted in the fall, and 
when growth commences set in a window. After blooming 
the foliage will die down and the bulb should be kept dry for 
planting again in the fall. In addition to its great beauty 
and oddity it has a line fruity fragrance. It is a native of the 
Holy Land and was introduced into Italy last year. Our 
bulbs came in one of the first importations from the Holy 
Land. Price of large flowering Bulbs, 75c. each. 

Resurrection plaint. 

A great curiosity from Mexico. The plants, when dry, 
roll up into a ball, and can be laid away and kept in that state 
for months or years, to all appearances perfectly dead ; but 
when placed in a saucer or vase of water, they, in a few 
moments, unfold, become green and beautiful, and make a 
very pretty plant as long as they are kept moist. 10c. each. 



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GriQiiii} 
OrnatUn). 

Probably uo plant pos- 
sessing so much grandeur 
as this is so little known. 
This is due to its great 
scarcity and high price, 
it being only recently 
that a bulb of it could 
be bought for less than 
twenty- five dollars, and 
very few could be found 
even at that. It is the 
King of the Amaryllis 
tribe, and we all know 
that that means a pretty 
fine thing. A bulb which 
stands at the head of 
such a glorious tribe of 
flowering bulbs as the 
Amaryllis must indeed 
be a treasure— and so it 
is. It produces a large 
round bulb which grows 
to weigh as much as ten 
pounds. It rests in win- 
ter and grows and blooms 
in spring and summer. 
It can be treated as a 
pot plant, or * grown in 
the garden as a summer- 
flowering bulb. It is of 
the easiest culture and 
sure to succeed with any 
one. Its flowers are 
large and like a most 
beautiful lily, borne in 
enormous clusters at the 
top of stout scapes. Color 
soft, delicate blush, with 
a pink bar through the 
center of each petal, and 
very sweet scented. Who- 
ever possesses Crinum 
Ornatum has a treasure 
seldom met with. Fine 
flowering bulbs, $3. each. 

T*ilipa 

Moi<tai,a. 

A very early bloomer 
and a splendid compan- 
ion to Tulip Peacock 
which we introduced last 
year. It is bright crim- 
son with a black, white 
edged spot at the base of 
each petal. It is exceed- 
ingly showy. 50c. each. 




Iqoposiditin}, 

(Diamond plouaet*.) 




We believe we are the first to offer in this country the 
charming Portugese Diamond Flower, and which has been 
selling at such enormous prices in some parts ol Fui ope. 1 1 
fsoneof the loveliest little annuals known , rarely growing 
over two inches in height, and forms a tutt ot beautiful foli- 
age which is completely smothered in a prolusion of white 
and violet blossoms glistening like diamonds. It will be in 
bloom within a month from the time ot sowing the seed al 
any time of year. For pot culture in winter it is just superb. 
Snrinkle a few seeds in a small pot or saucer, or in pots where 
other plants are growing, and within a mouth you will have 



the most charming mat of foliage and fl^rs^overing the 
surface of the soil like muss that you ever saw. In the %u 
den it will grow and seed all ^mmer, eove^g the ^nd 
with a perfect carpet of beauty. In the tall tht s n-jown 
seed will come up and bloom P™*™*$J*™5 L?f^vbed 
spring, regardless of iee and snow. They make aim elj beu 
of flowers all winter long. Per pkt., 15c.; 2 pkts., 25c. 

s^njaryllis Regii^a. 

A variety of great importance as it surpasses all others 
as a winter" bloomer, and is becoming a very popular bulb 
for fall planting. It is grown large y in Bermuda udm^ 
to this country with Lilium Harrisi in August and Septem- 
ber For winter blooming the bulb requires to be potted 
same as a Hyacinth or Lily, and is quite sure to succeed ad- 
i i and' bloom freely in midwinter. The flowers are 
air size, beautiful shape, well open and of a brilliant 
orange scarlet color with a light center. Fine bulbs, 50c. 
each. 

^jjenjoiie, Pres. Carrot 

This new single Anemone is the finest of the whole tribe 
Its flowers are enormous, 4 inches across, and ol the most 
intense dazzing scarlet color. Its periodof bloom lasts from 
the end oOanSary to t he end of March. 1 1 is a magmheent 
pot bulb. 25c. each. 



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CAMASSIA ESCULENT A. 

Gairjassia Esclilerjta. 

A lovely bulbous flower, which should have a place in 
every garden. It is as hardy and robust as a tulip, producing 
each spring tall graceful spikes of lovely blue flowers, re- 
sernbling to some extent the Hyacinth, t hough more graceful. 
It increases rapidly and soon forms a dense .-'.nip, which is, 
when in bloom, a beautiful sight. It is also a magnificent pot 
bulb for winter blooming. Several can be planted together 
or mixed with other bulbs, ami in either case the charming 
spikes of flowers will be delightful, 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. ; 12 
for 80c. 

$Jyacirftl}*is 

gelgictis. 

We have been more than pleased 
with our trials of this charming 
Hyacinth species, both in the gar- 
den and in pots for winter decora- 
tion. They are entirely different 
from other hyacinths, free bloomers 
and very pretty, making a pot of 
flowers which it is hard to beat. If 
several are planted in aflve inch pot 
they will produce a mass of bloom 
which will astonish you with its 
beauty. In the garden they bloom 
verv freely and later than other 
sorts. Both in the garden and pots 
they should be treated exactly like 
other Hyacinths, They should be 
universally planted and so sure are 
we that they will prove a success 
with all who try them, we have im- 
ported a Aery large quantity and 
offer them at a price which will en- 
able all to possess a few at least. 
Blue, fine clear color, 8c. each ; 3 

for 20c; 75c. per doz. 
Violet, 6c. each; 3 for 15c; 50c. per 

doz. 
White, pure and fine. 6c each; 3 

for 15c; 50c. per doz. 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For only 15c 
hyacinthus BELGieus we will send one bulb of each. 




T^o Rare perns. 

Sword Fern, a magnificient sort with beautiful fronds, often 
four to five feet in length, a hardy robust grower, and 
valuable for pots, baskets, vases, or the garden. 25c each. 

Walking Fern, a very rare and curious hardy fern, suitable 
either for pot or open ground culture. It is known as the 
" Walking " Fern from the fact that its leaves run out to 
a long slender point, which strikes in the ground and takes 
root, a new plant springing up and in like manner estab^ 
lishing another plant a foot or more away. In this way 
they will walk quite a distance in the course of a season. 
35c each. 
SPECIAL OFFER.— For 40c we will send one plant each 

of these two Ferns. 




COPWffitfB 



Stcri^bergia I^Utea. 

(The Velloca fima*yllis.) 

A fine flower of the Amaryllis family. It is perfectly 
hardy and can be grown in the garden as well as in pots. It 
blooms in autumn and its flowers are a dark golden color. 
Very beautiful. 10c each ; 3 for 25c 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 



Butterfly Or- 
chid. 



One of the special fea- 
tures of our business is to 
accumulate an enormous 
stock of some specially 
good new thing, that we 
may be enabled to offer it 
to our customers at a great 
bargain— far below the 
usual cost. This splendid 
Orchid is one of these 
special offers. Every one 
knows the beauty and 
value of a good Orchid, 
but on account of the ex- 
travagant price few peo- 
ple are able to possess one. 
Here is an opportunity of 
getting one of the best and 
easiest growing sorts for 
only 50 cents. All that is 
necessary to grow it suc- 
cessfully is to secure the 
plant and a little moss 
bunched around the roots, 
to a piece of board or bark 
and suspend it in a window 
or conservatory. Keep 
the moss wet and the plant 
free from dust and you 
will have a unique and 
beautiful object. It blooms 
freely, producing large 
panicles of gay flowers 
which keep perfect a long 
time. The flowers are 
composed of several colors 
which are delicate and but- 
terfly-like. Strong plants 
of blooming size, 50c. each ; 
3 for $1.00. 




WimhMtK 



pieroma Splendens. 




This is a new plant which flowers at all times of the year 
and is especially valuable for winter decoration. Wherever 
it has been grown it has given the greatest satisfaction, and 
one hears nothing but praise said of it. We have had it sev- 
eral years and now offer it for the first time. Its blossoms 
are borne freely and are very large and showy, of a rich pur- 



ple blue color. A plant is never too small to bloom and will 
in time grow to be several feet tall and branch freely. They 
are desirable either as pot plants for summer and winter 
bloom or for bedding out during summer like a Tiantana or 
Heliotrope. 35c. each. 




RiVinia Hu»ulis. 

A very pretty plant on account of the long racemes of 
bright scarlet berries with which it is loaded at all times of 
year. It grows like a weed and begins to bloom and fruit 
when very small. It is exceedingly ornamental both sum- 
mer and winter. Its beauty being so entirely unlike that of 
other plants it is always an odd and attractive object in any 
collection. 20c. each ; 3 for 50c. 



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Solanuro Jasininoides 
Grapdiflora. 

A most beautiful new plant, which inclines to 
a trailing or climbing habit, but never attains a 
greater height than 3 to 5 feet, and can be pinch- 
e £ ba 5 !k to a bush f orm. Its flowers are star- 
shaped, like a clematis, and borne in enormous 
panicles or clusters, often a foot across. In 
color, they are pure white, with a violet tinge 
°a back of petals, and on the buds. In pots it is 
a line bloomer, both summer and winter; but its 
grandeur for out-door culture when trained 
against a wall or trellis, and showing hundreds 
ot these magnificent panicles of bloom, cannot 
be described. It is a free and constant bloomer, 
commencing when only a foot high, and like the 
Maunettia, its flowers keep perfect a long time 
before fading. No more beautiful object can be 
seen than these two vines growing side by side 
and mingling their profusion of bloom 



The Manettia yine. 

Is the most magnificent flowering vine in cultivation, 
either for the house or garden, for it is loaded with bloom 
every day in the year. In the house it can be trained all 
around a window, and will be a solid wreath of bloom both 
summer and winter. In the garden, its charming beauty 
surpasses everything. Flowers, intense scarlet, tipped with 
yellow, the most brilliant and striking combination, and 
borne by the thousand. Each flower keeping perfect over a 
month before fading. It is of the easiest culture and sure to 
thrive for any one with ordinary care. It can be trained on 
a trellis, strings, or used for drooping from hanging baskets; 
in any way a perfect mass of the most lovely flowers and 
foliage from the root to the tips of the branches. Plants 
continue to bloom most profusely for many years, and its 
great beauty and novelty attracts every eye. We never saw 
a more beautiful or satisfactory plant. Price of strong 
plants already budded and blooming, 30c. each ; 4 for $1. 



plants, 30c. each ; 4 for $1. 



Strong 



Azaleas. 

LARGE SPECIMEN PLANTS. 

We have a fine stock of large specimen Aza- 
leas which we can sell very cheap. They are 
eompact, bushy plants, and vary in size, the 
largest being 3 and 4 feet across. They will be 
a perfect mass of bloom this winter. Price by 
express, well packed, $3.00 to $7.00 each, accord- 
ing to size. Any one who buys one or more 
will get a great bargain. 



The Angle or Transplanting Trowel. 




This new tool is the finest thing for garden 
work we have ever seen. For transplanting, 
lifting or setting Plants or Bulbs it has no 
equal. We are so much pleased with it that we 
have arranged to supply them to our customers 
b y mail postpaid, at 35c. each. 




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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y, 




SAXIFRAGA GRANTTCATA FL. PL. 

perfectly hardy and will thrive most anywhere. It is known 
in Europe as the ki Fair Maid of France." We have imported 
an enormous quantity of it and oiler it at the very low 
price of 3 bulbs for 10c; 12 bulbs for 30c. 



Tf*Y OXJH "JBWBLk" COIiliECTIOfi, 
25 Fine Bulbs for 50c. See page 4. 



Bryopbyllum Galycinuin. 

A most curious and beautiful succulent plant, with 
thick, heavy leaves which, if cut and laid on moist soil or 
sand, little plants will grow from the notches all around the 
leaf Thev grow verv quickly to a considerable size and make 
a healthy and beautiful looking plant. When in bloom it 
presents successively two distinct aspects ; hrst, when the 
calvx develops itself— membranous, inflated, smooth as silk, 
cylindrical, round at either end, of a pea-green color streaked 
with red, increasing in size until it becomes two inches in 
length ; and afterwards, when the corolla-tube, which is five 
cleft and of a dull red color, breaks through and protrudes 
an inch beyond the toothed limb of the calyx. In a neigh- 
boring greenhouse, a plant three years old from the leaf bud 
is now producing over three hundred flowers. The bloom- 
ing stalks are about three feet in height. The flowers, borne 
upon slight pedicels, droop directly downwards, and are 
swaved by every breath of air like so many suspended Chi- 
nese lanterns. In panicles, three hundred or more of these 
form a singular display. The cut given here hardly does 
iustice to the beauty of its foliage, although it is a very fair 
representation of the bloom. It is impossible to describe 
the lovelv tint of the leaves, which are also very prettily 

SC If tEe Bryophyllum never produced its panicles of grace- 
ful drooping bloom, it would still be worthy of culture for 
the beauty of its foliage and its fine shape or form of 
growth. As it is a free-growing plant and of sturdy, up- 
right habit, the stem inclining to be shrub-like with age, it 
may be easily grown in the form of a miniature tree, thus 
rendering it a fine addition or ornament to the greenhouse, 
window garden or conservatory. It blooms during winter. 
Fine plants, 25c. each. 

Saxlfraga Granulata fl. pi. 

We believe this is to become one of the most valuable 
winter flowers in existence. Though we have not tested it 
to the extent we usually do a thing before offering it, it is 
evident that it is a most valuable acquisition to winter 
bloomers, as well as a splendid thing for garden culture. 
The bulbs are very small and at least three should be planted 
in a pot together to get the best results. Their treatment 
should be the same as that of Hyacinths, Crocus, etc. The 
flowers are borne in profusion, are as double as the best 
roses, and pure snow white in color. One can readily appre- 
ciate the value of such a fine double white flower during 
winter* or in the garden during the spring months. It is 




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Jjily of tl}e Valley. 

FOB WINTER BLOOMING. 

Here we offer strong 1 imported pips of this lovely flower 
which have been grown especially for winter blooming. They 
can be potted, six in a four inch pot and placed in a cool place 
till needed for blooming, then bring them out to the light and 
warmth, and give plenty of water. They will at once send up 
their beautiful green leaves and sprays of lovely white, sweet 
scented blossoms. Like other bulbs the flowers are much 
larger and finer when raised in the house than in the garden. 
These imported pips will not be ready to send out until No- 
vember. Orders will be booked for shipping then. We can 
supply them all winter. 6 for 30c; 12 for 50c; 30 for $1. 





Dodocatljeoi} M edia - 

A lovely plant for winter and early spring blooming, 
having roots much like the Lily of the Valley, and clusters 
of beautiful bloom resembling to a great extent the Cycla- 
men. The roots or pips should be potted in autumn and 
set away until they commence growth, or until midwinter, 
then bring them out to a window for blooming. Their 
colors are delicate and beautiful, and the flowers are also fra- 
grant. They are perfectly hardy and can be grown in the 
open ground where they will bloom freely every spring, in- 
creasing in size and beauty each year. 15c. each; 3 for 30c; 
12 for $1.00. 

Scarlet Freesia. 

(Hnomatheea Cruenta.) 

This bulb botanlcally known 
as Anomatheca Cruenta, is in all 
respects exactly like a Freesia, 
except it does not bloom so 
early. The flowers are bright 
scarlet and very showy. On ac- 
count of its color it is very val- 
uable to grow with Freesias, as 
their colors are only white and 
yellow. It requires the same 
treatment in all respects. 15c. 
each; 3 for 30c. 




JAPANESE WINEBEBBY. 



Guilds' Great Japanese 
Wiiteberry. 

We offer this entirely new, distinct and valuable berry 
with the feeling that it is only once in a lifetime that a florist 
can give to the world a plant of so much novelty beauty 
and usefulness. All things combined it is the most novel 
and valuable article we ever introduced and it will prove a 
benefit to mankind from now to eternity. 

Histoby — Prof . Georgeson of the Japanese Imperial 
Agricultural College, while traveling among the mountains 
of Japan for rest and recreation, came upon this berry 
crowing in a wild state. Its exceeding lusciousness and 
beauty prompted him to dry some of tRe berries .and send 
the seed of them to relatives in this country, with the mfoi- 
mation that if it succeeded, it would prove the most valuable 
berrv novelty ever introduced. The seed produced a few 
plants to which our attention was called the first summer. 
We were so struck with its novelty and beauty that we at 
once opened negotiations for its purchase. The next season 
it fruited and we at once bought it on the terms offered, 
paving the enormous price of one thousand dollars. _ 

Description— It belongs to the Raspberry family, is a 
strong, vigorous grower, attaining the usual height of a 
Baspberry and is perfectly hardy in all positions with- 
out protection. It is, in fact, more hardy and vigor- 
ous than any Raspberry or Blackberry. It stands alike 
the cold of the northern winters and the heat of the 
southern summers, without the slightest degree tof in- 
jury. Its leaves are of the darkest green outside, and 
silvery white underneath. The young shoots and branches 
are covered with a reddish-~brown hair or moss. I he 1 ruit is 
borne in large clusters often 75 to 100 berries in a bunch. 
These berries are from the time of formation and bloom, 
until they ripen enclosed in a "burr," which is formed by 
the calyx covering them entirely. When ripe the burr opens 
exhibiting ^a law berry of the brightest, light, glossy scarlet 
or sherrv wine color. The burrs and stems are covered with 
a heavy reddish moss like a moss rose bud. The flavor of 
the fruit is entirely different from any other berry being 
very sprightly, sweet and juicy, having no disagreeable sour, 
but a delicate and luscious flavor peculiar to itself , and su- 
perior to other berries. It is very juicy and makes the 
finest qualify of wine. It commences to ripen early in July 
and continues in bearing for a long time It is the most 
prolific berrv known, the bushes being literally covered ^with 
its luscious fruit. It is propagated from tips 1 1 ke Ca i , Rasp- 
berries and Dewberries, and can be increased rapidly. 

Pbices— Strong, one year old plants, which will fruit 
next season, $1.00 each ; 6 for $5.00. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y 




N^W Imperial Geratm) 
Palsies. 

FOR FALL SOWING. 

Introduced by us several years ago, and have become so 
popular and well known that little need be said about them. 
Their characteristics are a compact habit, large and healthy 
foliage, and large sized flowers of great substance and 
beauty. They produce their large flowers throughout the 
entire summer. These Pansies have been widely sold and 
many inferior strains have been put on the market under 
their name. As the introducer we have the genuine stock. 

Per Pkt 
Clorlosa Perfecta, reddish steel blue, with red and white 
rim. In this variety we have the finest combination 

of colors and the loveliest of all Pansies. 15 

Snow Fairy, pure snow white, large and beautiful; 

splendid for cemeteries. in 

Black Knight, pure coal black, a rich and "beautiful color 10 
Thunder Cloud, a large flower, deep coal black, with 

red and white rim. Extra fine 15 

Azure Blue, a lovely color for massing 10 

Emperor William, elegant deep blue 10 

Little Red Riding Hood, this is an entirely new and dis- 
tinct color. The flowers are large, finely formed, and 
the most brilliant solid red color yet seen in Pansies. 
It is a charming novelty, but unfortunately does not 

always come true 10 

Deep Yel low, very fine 10 

Odler or Five Spotted, Mixed, flowers of various colors 

each having live spots 10 

Large Spotted, Mixed, on white, yellow and red ground. 

They are grand 10 

Lord Beaconsfield, (true). This is the true variety as 
grown by the originator. Very large size, lower petals 
deep purplish indigo, while the upper ones shade off 

to almost pure white 10 

Marbled, M ixed, various colors, beautifully marbled 10 

Striped, Mixed, a fine variety of beautifully striped 

blossoms. 10 

Bronze Perfecta, fine bronze 10 

Mixed Seed, of more than 50 distinct varieties of Impe- 
rial German, including the above 14 kinds 10 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For only $1.00 we will serd one 
packet each of the above 15 Imperial Germans. 

Giant Excelsior Pansies. 

The growth and general habit of the Giant Excelsior is 
compact, strong and bushy, showing at all times a remark- 
ably healthy appearance. The gigantic flowers are produced 
in great numbers, and borne well above the foliage on strong 
stems. The flowers possess great substance and keep perfect 



longer than most any other sorts. The colors are truly won- 
derful, including over a hundred different shades and combi- 
nations, with blendings and markings entirely new. and of 
the most exquisite beauty. The flowers are borne in great 
profusion from May to November, the plants stand the hot 
dry weather of summer to a remarkable degree and yielding 
flowers almost as large and free as in early spring. Pkt, 15c. 




CEREUS GRANDIFLORA. 

T^o Fine Gacti. 

Cereus Crandlflora, the true Night Blooming Cereus from 
the Miter Mountains of Mexico. Has deliciously fragrant 
white flowers, a foot across, and of a fascinating beauty 
impossible to describe. It is a free and rapid grower, 
and its bloom is one of the lovliest of all flowers. 25c. 
each. 




PILOCEREUS SENILIS. 

PHocereus Senilis, the "Old Man 11 < 'actus is one of the curi- 
osities of plant life which always attract attention, and 
its appearance is certainly sufficiently strange to excite 
some surprise. Piloeerous Senilis derives both its bo- 
tanical and popular names from the large number of 
long, silvery white hairs which cover the upper portion 
of its stem, and impart a peculiar resemblance to the 
hoary head of an ased man. These hairs attain the 
length of sever;!] inches, and instead of spreading regu- 
larly, or projecting rigidly, as in other members of the 
family, they are flaccid and pendulous, thickly clothing 
the stem. It is one of the rarest and most sought after 
of all Cactus. $1.00 each. 



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43 




NeW Italian Tulips.* 

(Extra Early Flowering.) 

It is with more than usual pleasure that we call special 
attention to these new early flowering- Tulips, both for house 
and garden culture, but more especially for winter bloom- 
ing in the house. There is in store for those who plant these 
gems a joyous surprise which you can in no true sense antic- 
ipate till you see them in the full radiance of their brilliancy. 

Peacock, when in bloom this was pronounced the finest 
Tulip among our grand sorts. Color a clear transparent, 
intense dazzling scarlet, with a golden band through 
three of its six petals, and a large jet black center which 
is bordered with pure gold. Each petal is also tipped 
with white. It grows about 15 inches high, flower very 
large and the first of all Tulips to bloom. For pot cul- 
ture no Tulip can approach it. 15c. each: 3 for 35c; 12 
for $1.00. 

Sylvestrls, (The fragrant Tea Rose Tulip), one foot high, 
golden yellow with beautiful long pointed buds like a 
Tea Rose. Very fragrant and extra early. A magnificent 
sort. 12c. each ; 3 for 30c. 

Celslana, deep brilliant yellow, opening star shaped, flat. 
six inches across. Elegant long buds. Very fine. 12c 
each ; 3 for 30c. 

Cornuta, petals six inches long, twisted, bright scarlet and 
yellow variegated. Flower when open flat one foot 
across. Curious and beautiful. 12c. each ; 3 for 30c. 

Fulgens, tall, with very large flowers, which are of the deep- 
est dark scarlet color, with yeliow center. Fine for 
winter blooming, and an elegant companion to Gesner- 
iana in the open ground. 12c. each ; 3 for 30c. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— For only 50c. we will send one bulb each 
of these five grand new Tulips ; 3 of each for $1.00. 



The Gockade fjyacintl}. 

Among the hundreds of new and odd winter blooming 
bulbs we tested last winter, this proved the most wonderful 
and meritorious of all, and for winter blooming must at 
once be placed among the most desirable of all bulbs for that 
purpose. It was exhibited at our place during New York's 
great Centennial celebration, it then having been In bloom 
two months, and appropriately named the Centennial 
Cockade Hyacinth. Its bloom first appears in the form of a 
charming blue Cockade-like tassel an inch or two in length. 
As the flower stem rises this cockade increases in size and 
beauty until at the end of two months it had developed into 
an immense blue feathery plume a foot or more in length, 
and in striking beauty and oddity, surpassing all its floral 
surroundings. Our word for it, friends, you can purchase 
nothing for double its price which will so delight and please 
you for the two months or more that it is in bloom. It is a 
flower for everybody, and we have secured it by the tens of 
thousands and made prices so that everybody can possess a 
few. 10c. each ; 3 for 25c. 








Ect}ii}ocereiis Gar*dicar*s. 

(The Hainbocu Cactus.) 

We possess an enormous stock of this most beautiful, 
rare and costly Cactus, and are prepared to offer it at a great 
bargain. The plant is covered with a network of spines 
which range in color from creamy white to deep crimson, 
hence its name " Rainbow." It is a most beautiful plant at 
all times, but when in bloom its grandeur is unsurpassed, 
having flowers 4 inches across, bright crimson with a white 
centre. It blooms profusely and is of the easiest culture in 
pots. The great beauty of the plant itself , combined with 
the enormous size and beauty of the flowers make what we 
consider to be the most charming Cacti in cultivation; and one 
pf the most rare and lovely of all plants to possess. Fino 
large plants, 30c. each ; larger, 50c. each ; extra large and 
fine, $1 each. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 





Otaljeite mi ^ e - 



A grand pot plant, and one of great beauty and novelty. 
It is a dwarf orange, which grows, blooms and fruits freely 
in pots, even when only a foot or two high. The fruit is about 
one-half the size of ordinary oranges, and very sweet and de- 
licious. The blossoms are produced in great abundance, del- 
icate and beautiful in color, and rich in delicious perfume. 
^s a pot plant this lovely dwarf orange is one of the most 
novel and beautiful that can be grown. It blooms most 
freely during winter, though it is likely to bloom at any and 
all times of year. With one or two pots of it any one can 
raise an abundance of the far-famed, delicate and flagrant 
orange blossoms. The plants we supply are strong and ready 
to bloom and fruit the coming winter. Price, 40c, each; 3 
for $1. 

A lovely extra early flowering Paeonia having beautiful 
finely cut foliage and large double blossoms of the most in- 
tense scarlet color. It is a rare gem which all should p< >ss( $g. 
50c. each. We can also supply a large double white and 
double pink Pyeonia, each the finest of their color, and 
both very fragrant at 35c. each, or the two for 60c; or f >r 
$1.00 we will send the three, double white, double pink and 
Tenufolia. 

Try a M Surprise Collection." See page 48, 



JtoAt^l Nepeta 

Glecboma. 

A new trailing plant of the Catnip 
family, with beautiful white and 
green leaves. The leaves also have 
a refreshing fragrance. It will no 
doubt become one of our most use- 
ful plants for festooning work, such 
as drooping from hanging baskets, 
vases, fancy pots, etc., rendering is 
rapid growtn rendering it un- 
equaled for this purpose, while we 
have no doubt it will also be largely 
used in cemeteries to cover the 
graves, as it is entirely hardy and we 
think more ornamental than almost 
anything in use for that purpose at 
present. For massing in the garden 
or on the lawn, to trail over stones 
or stumps or in fact for any sort of 
decoration, it is splendid. ^Oc. each; 
3 for 50c, 

Rose of Jericho. 

A new Resurrection Plant from 
the Holy Land. This curious and 
rare plant we have long made vain 
efforts to secure, and have only just 
succeeded in getting one thousand 

good specimens. It is entirely different from our -Mexican 

Tiesurrection Plant, as it is hard-wooded and grow in the 

Sfrm of a liUle bush When dry, the branches fold upintoa 

mass or hall, but 

when placed in 

water they soon 

unfold, and 

in 10 or 130 days 

green Leaves will 

start out and 

growth com- 
mence. Without 

seeing it, one 

could hardly be- 

Ueve these dry 

dead branches 

Could send out 

green leaves and 

shoots. All that, 

is necessary to 

produce growth is 

to keep the plant 

standing in a glass 

of water about 

half way to the 

top of its branch- 
es. It is a native 

of the border of 

the Dead Sea, 

where it grows 

and blooms free- 
ly. 35c, each. 




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45 




The Queen Cactus (Phyllocactus Lati- 
frons). This grand Cactus grows sev- 
eral feet high, with large flattened 
stems. The flowers appear at evening 
and last all night, and are the grandest 
of all night-blooming plants, being of 
enormous size, nearly one foot across, 
and of the purest white color, deli- 
cately shaded pink outside, with a 
most lovely form and texture. It is 
not unusual for a large plant to have 
30 to 100 of these enormous flowers 
open at once. It blooms freely every 
year, and is indeed a rare plant for any- 
one to possess. We have a very fine 
stock, and offer strong plants at the 
extremely low price of 50 cents each. 
Cereus Rostatus. The bloom of this is 
like the Queen Cactus except in color, 
which in this rare sort is a lovely wine 
red outside, and lighter towards the 
center. It Lsvery rare and beautiful 
beyond description. 50c. 

Phyllocactus Crenatus, like the 

Queen Cactus except in the 

color of tin 1 flowers, which in 

tlvis very rare sort is light 

straw yellow. 50c. each. 

SPECIAL OFFER.— These 

three are the most lovely night- 

blooming Cactus, and represent 

three lovely colors. AVe will, for 

only $1, send one fine plant of 

:h. 



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JOHN LEWIS CHILDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 




This has proved to 
be the finest new fruit 
in many years. For a 
blackberry it is the 
largest, finest flavored, 
most prolific, fruiting for two 
months, and requires no stakes. 
This fine novelty of which we 
control the entire stock is surely 
one of the most desirable new 
things we ever offered, and what 
we say of it we speak from what 
we have seen and tested, and not 
from what others say. It grows 
5 to 7 feet high, branching freely 
into a fine tree form, as seen in 
the cut, straight and erect, re- 

^KtSS^hinh^^o^fT 1 ® 8 - 816 of en ?™°™ size equalled only by the Erie, born 3 in great 
fru1tfnlnerf^f?nn^ n S et0 H pen early & July ana continue info September, makifig it* 
SeBtenfbS? w ftn^T^^ll 9 ormore ; The finest Blackberries we ever ate we picked about 
S?th m finp« S * fl °S J 0D i e °n t i Lese - plants w 5 ich had been Opening fruit since July 8th. They 
month ^?hm 1+ q a a i^ ?I fl berries > exceeding sweet, juicy and delicious, melting in the 
SnSi™J?of h^w ? °J har f dco i e - Its delicate flavor, great productiveness, enormous size, 
most v ?lm?h?o S?Si%^ Perfect hardiness in the coldest parts of the country, makes it the 
S w of h^ISI^k? 68 f + or J aim jy.use, Mr. J. T. Loveft says : " Enough cannot be said 
ZvtZ le^i^ftui^V? <*? ttJwttoe." Some of our customers who bought it last 
?md w?f^^ the berHes Proved to be the largest t 

tie t?ees ' symmetrical branching of the plants make them perf ect lit- 

Price— First quality, large and strong, 50 cents each ; 3 for $1.00. 

h«o^ &£ -Black, Monmouth county, N. J., AugustUth, 1889, says : "lam not surprised to 
5^p of whSh ??™ 11 !^ 16 y ° Ur - T - r . ee Blackb erry is having. Wnen it was growing here on the 
SlSnt^nfi? y«?SL. f - ^ ma * n »V slt 2 r8 Wh0 . Saw !t have offered me $ 5 each for one or more 
KSiSi Wnp Jw S cS?JS« ^ Stou - t and symmetrical growth, and loads of large and most luscious 
berries borne for so long a period, place it at the head of all Blackberries lot family use." 



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47 







It is an historic fact 
that a hundred years ago 
George Washington — the 
Treatest and most honored 
American that ever lived— 
raised in his garden at Mt. 
Vernon, a seedling Rose, 
which proved to be a hardy- 
perpetual blooming climb- 
er, producing large, double 
snow white blossoms in 
great prof usiou,froin June 
until frost. In this lovely- 
Hose our first President 
took special delight, and 
named it after his mother, 
Mary Washington. All 
this is told us by the Mount 
Vernon (Washington's old 
home) guide-book. The 
original bush can yet be 
seen growing on the 
grounds where its world- 
Lamed master planted it, 
and is to-day protected and 
cared for by an incorpo- 
rated association. It is a 
strange thing that this 
most valuable of all roses 
has stood a hundred years- 
without ever being propa- 
gated or finding its way 
to the public. Yet it is a 
fact that we are the first to 
offer as new, the oldest 
American Rose, the first 
and finest of its class, and 
raised and named by him 
who was "First in peace, 
first in war, and first in the 
hearts of his countrymen.'* 
We have grown to be the 
greatest nation on earth, 
and we may well plant and 
cherish the Rose which our 
great Washington left us, 
as the truest and best em- 
blem of our remembrance 
and appreciation of his- 
greatness. We hope in time 
to see it trailing over the 
door or gateway of every 
home in the land, and it 
should bloom wherever a 
revolutionary hero re- 
poses. Aside from the fact 
that this Rose was raised 
and named by George 
Washington, it is the most 
valuable sort that has been 
introduced for many years. 
A hardy, perpetual bloom- 
ing climber has long been 
needed. Its flowers are 
large, pure white,perf ectly 
double to the center, sweet 
and borne in endless num- 
bers all summer. It is a, 
vigorous and rapid grower, 
and must at once become 
the most valuable rose for 
out-door culture. Its buds 

finest Tea Roses, borne on long stems and usuallv in lara-e cIuhtp™ fw r,io„+ ^ **.« „ w J^^L 118 beautiful as the 
flowers than a dozen Tea Roses; Its S^«SSBis^SS^?fhSA^i f?^,? 1 ^ of J 116 Mary Washington will produce more 
Our stock is propagated from cuttings which three ^rT^ocimlf^?^^^ S av £ r ?° much admired in olden times. 
year old plants, strong, from opea "ground 50c each^ 5 f o?|^ m the on ^ 1Iial busn at Mount Vernon. Price of one 



OU«R SPKI/NG CATALOGUE 

OF 

Flower and Vegetable Seeds, Summer Flowering Bulbs, Hardy Plants, Greenhouse 

Plants, Rare Fruits, &c, 

Tin -oZV -T 1 .° Ut ^^ UU aDd WU1 * ma " ed ^ t0 aU 0ur ° USt0merS and others ^° *PP*- customers 
o^an JnT T *T *' " WiU ^ ^^ ^ beaUtifUUy iUuS ™ *" h ™° d «*. and eieeant colored 
plates, and will be the most complete list of new, rare and beautiful flowers ever sent out in this country 



JOHN UEWIS CHmOS, Floral Park, fl. Y. 




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JOHN LEWIS CH1LDS, FLORAL PARK, N. Y. 






Our 




urprise 



€ 



^OMiEGTION. 



TO meet the demand of our large trade we import very 
large stocks of Bulbs, In most cases getting more than 
needed, to make sure of having enough. After busi- 
ness is about over, in November, we sell off our surplus 
stock at wholesale, below cost. The thought has occurred 
to us to make this surplus up into "Surprise" Collections, 
and offer them to our customers, giving them three or four 
times the value of their money. The "Surprise" comes m 
the great amount of fine bulbs you get for the money paid. 
These collections cannot be sent out until about November 
10th and will be entirely of our own selection from kinds of 
which we have a surplus. The purchaser can state whether 
they tire wanted for the garden or for winter blooming, and 
we will select accordingly. No collection will be made up 
tor less than ONE DOLLAR, and from that up to any 
amount the purchaser may desire. In all cases one will 
be surprised at the amount of fine bulbs he gets for the 
money. They will be sent free by mail, unless desired by 
express, and in that case we can send more for the money 
than by mail. All » Surprise » Collections ordered previ- 
ous to November 10th will be booked and shipped then, 
but we can continue sending them through November 
and December. 



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Union and Advertiser Co-'s Press, Rochester, N. Y. 



Winter Blooming Morning Glories. 

Henceforth the beautiful Morning Glory is to be a favorite flower for Winter as well 
as for Summer, for the strain here offered is as lovely a Winter flower as anything can 
possibly be. Seed sown at any time during Winter will commence blooming in about 
thirty days and when the plants are only three to four inches high, and continue for 
months. The flowers are very large and of varied and brilliant colors, and remain open all 
day, from morning until night, making as pretty a pot of flowers as you can imagine. 

The colored sketch on cover represents a pot of them forty days from the time of 
sowing the seed. They are in no respect hard to grow, and will succeed in any window, 
and we are sure that no plant or Bulb can be purchased for double the price, which will 
give so much real beauty and enjoyment, and for so long a period, during Winter, as will 
a pot of these lovely Morning Glories. Mixed seed of all colors* 15 cents per packet. 
Three packets for 30 cents. 



miiiiiiminninii ummmiiiiii 



The Floral Fire- Cracker. 



This beautiful and interesting Winter blooming Bulb is a sort of Brodiaea,but entirely 
unlike any other variety in both form and color. It is a flower of striking beauty and one 
that catches every eye. Its blooms are borne in clusters at the end of long slender stems, 
and droop like a Fuchsia. They are two to three inches in length, of a deep, bright, 
crimson-scarlet color, tipped with green and white. The colored sketch represents it 
perfectly. It is among the easiest of all bulbs to grow, and it is sure to succeed and bloom 
elegantly with anyone. Pot the bulbs at any time during Fall and treat them as recom- 
mended on page 3. In this lovely flower our friends will find a most beautiful and novel 
thing, and unlike anything you have ever grown or seen. Fine bulbs, 1 5 cents each. Two 
for 25 cents. 10 for $1.00. 



Golden Sell Flower. 

(Cyelobothpa Palehella.) 



This lovely Winter bloomer is a bulb of the easiest culture, and one from which any- 
one can succeed in getting some flowers in mid-winter that will truly gladden the heart. 
It grows but eight to twelve inches high, and several can be planted in a five-inch pot. 
They branch freely and each one produces five to ten charming, pendulous blossoms, of 
the richest golden-yellow color. Like the Floral Fire-Cracker, this flower has a charming 
beauty all its own— entirely unlike anything else among Winter flowers-a beauty which 
attracts every eye and captures every heart. Price, 15 cents each. Two for 25 cents. 
10 for $1.00. 




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